A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (sewing)
a. lace edging
Añadí una puntilla a las mangas de la blusa a modo de adorno.I attached a lace edging to the blouse cuffs as a kind of adornment.
2. (bullfighting)
a. dagger
El torero remató al toro con la puntilla.The bullfighter finished off the bull with the dagger.
3. (hardware)
a. tack
La tapicera sujetó la tela al asiento con unas puntillas.The upholsterer fixed the fabric to the seat with tacks.
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(final blow)
a. coup de grâce
Le dije de broma que estaba embarazada y la puntilla fue que él se echó a llorar de emoción.I told him jokingly that I was pregnant, and the coup de grâce was that he was moved to tears.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (encaje)
a. point lace
2. (fig)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
dar la puntillato give the coup de grâce
aquello fue la puntillathat was what did it
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1 (Cos) lace edging
2 (Taur) short dagger for giving the coup de grâce
dar la puntilla to finish off the bull; give the coup de grâce
dar la puntilla a algo/algn to finish sth/sb off
aquello fue la puntilla that was the last straw
de puntillas on tiptoe; andar de puntillas to walk on tiptoe
4 (Técnica) tack
5 [de pluma] point; nib
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