This word may be treated as a feminine or masculine noun in Mexico.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (enduring)
a. permanent
Tras probar un tatuaje de henna, decidí hacerme uno permanente.After trying a henna tattoo, I decided to get a permanent one.
2. (continuous)
a. constant
Vivo con un miedo permanente a sufrir otro ataque de ansiedad.I live in constant fear of suffering another anxiety attack.
3. (stable)
a. standing
El gobierno designó una comisión permanente para la lucha contra el fraude.The government set up a standing commission against fraud.
4. (having indefinite duration)
a. permanent
Las delegaciones de ambos países estarán reunidas en sesión permanente hasta alcanzar una resolución.The delegations of both countries will be in permanent session until they reach a resolution.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
5. (hairstyle)
a. permanent wave
El peluquero me dijo que, a largo plazo, la permanente puede dañarte el pelo.My hairdresser told me that a permanent may damage your hair in the long term.
b. perm
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Yo creo que la permanente le va más a la forma de tu cara que el pelo liso.I think a perm goes better with your face shape than straight hair.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Mi hermana se hizo una permanente antes de la boda.My sister had her hair permed before her wedding.
Esta es la segunda permanente que me hago este año.This is the second time I've had my hair permed this year.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (general)
a. permanent
2. (comisión)
a. standing
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (general)
a. perm
hacerse la permanenteto have a perm
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(gen) permanent; (constante) constant; [+color] fast; [+comisión] standing;
(en pelo) permanent wave; perm (familiar)
hacerse una permanente to have one's hair permed
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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