perla

perla(
pehr
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lah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (jewelry)
a. pearl
La baronesa lucía un collar de perlas y pendientes de oro.The baroness was wearing a pearl necklace and gold earrings.
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(critique)
a. pearl of wisdom
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
"La familia es más importante que el dinero", fue una de las perlas que me dijo mi padre."Family is more important than money," was one of my father's pearls of wisdom.
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
3.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(wonder)
a. gem
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Laura es una perla y todos los solteros se quieren casar con ella.Laura is a gem and all the bachelors want to marry her.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(insolent person)
Regionalism used in Chile
(Chile)
a. smart-ass
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Deja de mentir, perla!Stop telling lies, you smart-ass!
b. smart-arse
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Andrea es una perla! Osó criticarme enfrente de mis amigos.Andrea is a smart-arse! She dared to criticise me in front of my friends.
c. sassy devil
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Ese perla piensa que habla diciendo la cruda verdad, pero en realidad está siendo grosero.That sassy devil thinks he's being brutally honest, but he's actually being rude.
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perla
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. pearl
2. (fig)
a. gem, treasure
3. (fig)
a.
de perlasgreat, fine
me viene de perlasit's just the right thing
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perla
pearl
de perlas
me parece de perlas it's absolutely splendid
me viene de perlas it suits me perfectly o just fine
perla cultivada cultured pearl; cultivated pearl
perla negra black pearl
Ana Petrasovits, presidente del Partido Socialdemócrata Húngaro, es una verdadera [perla negra] en el panorama político magiar. Sus habitantes, dedicados básicamente a la pesca y al cultivo de la [perla negra,] parecen ser de origen asiático, venidos del sureste, vía Samoa.
perlas de imitación imitation pearls
ser una perla
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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