masculine noun
1. (royalty) 
a. king 
El rey de España y su familia viven en el Palacio de la Zarzuela, en las afueras de Madrid.The king of Spain and his family live in the Zarzuela Palace, on the outskirts of Madrid.
2. (chess) 
a. king 
Logró un jaque mate cuando atrapó el rey de su oponente.He got a checkmate when he captured his opponent's king.
3. (playing cards) 
a. king 
Ella eligió el rey de espadas de la baraja.She chose the king of spades from the deck.
plural noun
4. (royal couple) 
Los reyes de España están de visita en Bogotá esta semana.The king and queen of Spain are visiting Bogota this week.
1. (general) 
a. king 
los Reyesthe King and Queen
hablando del rey de Romatalk o speak of the devil
(Día de) ReyesEpiphany
los Reyes Católicosthe Spanish Catholic monarchs Ferdinand V and Isabella
los Reyes Magosthe Three Kings, the Three Wise Men
¿qué les vas a pedir a los Reyes (Magos)?≃ what are you going to ask Father Christmas for?
el rey de la selvathe king of the jungle
1 (monarca) king
los Reyes inauguraron la exposición the King and Queen opened the exhibition; los Reyes Católicos the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile; (Ferdinand and Isabella of Aragon and Castile) el rey de la selva the king of the jungle
se cree el rey del mambo he really fancies himself (familiar); he thinks he's the bee's knees (familiar)
hablando del rey de Roma (por la puerta asoma) talk of the devil (and he'll appear)
lo mismo me da rey que roque it's all the same to me; it's all one to me
ni rey ni roque no-one at all; not a single living soul
a rey muerto rey puesto off with the old, on with the new
rey de armas (Hist) king of arms
2 Reyes (fecha) Epiphany
los Reyes Magos the Magi; the Three Kings; the Three Wise Men; ¿qué te han traído los Reyes? what did Father Christmas bring you?
3 (en ajedrez, naipes) king
4 (uso apelativo) pet (familiar)
anda, rey, cómetelo todo come on, pet, eat it all up (familiar)
el fútbol es el deporte rey football is the king of sports
In the Spanish-speaking world, los Reyes or El Día de Reyes is the day when people traditionally receive presents for the Christmas season. When they go to bed on January 5, children leave their shoes outside their bedroom doors or by their windows in the expectation that the Reyes Magos (Wise Men) will leave presents beside them. They may already have written letters to SS.MM. los Reyes Magos de Oriente with a list of what they would like. For Reyes it is traditional to eat Roscón de Reyes, a ring-shaped cake studded with frosted fruits and containing a little trinket or coin.
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