Ser vs. Estar 
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (skin)
a. dark-skinned
Mis hermanos son morenos.My brothers are dark-skinned.
b. dark
Este color de pintalabios es ideal para mujeres con piel morena.This lipstick color is perfect for women with dark skin.
2. (hair)
a. dark-haired
Mi hija es morena y mi hijo es rubio.My daughter is dark-haired and my son is blonde.
b. dark
Me gustan los chicos con pelo moreno y ojos azules.I like boys with dark hair and blue eyes.
3. (culinary)
a. brown (sugar or bread)
Esta receta lleva azúcar morena.This recipe uses brown sugar.
4. (skin after sun exposure)
a. tanned
¿Viste qué morena está Pilar?Have you seen how tanned Pilar is?
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
¿Cómo haces para ponerte tan moreno?How do you get so brown?
Me puse morena después de un par de días en la playa.I got a tan after two days at the beach.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
5. (person with dark skin)
a. dark-skinned person
Ese color le va muy bien a los morenos.That color suits dark-skinned people.
6. (person with dark hair)
a. dark-haired person
El moreno que está ahí es mi papá.That dark-haired man over there is my dad.
b. brunette (feminine)
A Hugo le gustan las morenas.Hugo likes brunettes.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
7. (tanned skin)
a. tan
¿Qué puedo hacer para mantener el moreno por más tiempo?What can I do to make my tan last longer?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (pelo, piel)
a. dark
2. (por el sol)
a. tanned
ponerse morenoto get a tan
3. (pan, azúcar)
a. brown
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (por el pelo)
a. dark-haired person
5. (por la piel)
a. dark-skinned person
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morenoa morena
1 [+persona] (de pelo moreno) dark-haired; (de tez morena) dark(-skinned); swarthy; (bronceado) brown; tanned; coloured; colored; (EEUU) (And) (Caribe) mulatto
ponerse moreno to tan; go brown
2 [+pelo] (dark) brown; [+azúcar, pan] brown
[de pelo] dark-haired man/woman; [de tez] dark(-skinned) man/woman
una morena a brunette
como hace tiempo que no voy a la playa se me ha ido el moreno
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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