An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sacred)
a. holy
El libro santo de los judíos es la Tora.The holy book of the Jewish people is the Torah.
Dicen que el sótano de la catedral está lleno de reliquias santas.They say that the basement of the cathedral is full of holy relics.
b. saintly
Madre Teresa es una santa inspiración para todos en el mundo.Mother Teresa is a saintly inspiration for everyone in the world.
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
2. (religious)
a. saint
Puedes conocer las vidas de los santos en ese libro.You can learn about the lives of the saints in that book.
3. (good person)
a. saint
El marido de Miriam es un santo.Miriam's husband is a saint.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
4. (celebration)
a. name day
¡Recibí un regalo por mi santo!I got a present for my name day!
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (sagrado)
a. holy
el Santo, -a Padrethe Holy Father
la Santa Sedethe Holy See
2. (virtuoso)
a. saintly
3. (colloquial)
a. damn
todo el santo díaall day long
el teléfono lleva sonando toda la santa mañanathe damn phone hasn't stopped ringing all morning
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (religion)
a. saint
5. (onomástica)
a. saint's day
el día de Todos los SantosAll Saints' Day
6. (ilustración)
a. illustration
7. (contraseña)
santo y señapassword
8. (expresiones)
¿a santo de qué?why on earth?, for what earthly reason?
desnudar a un santo para vestir a otroto rob Peter to pay Paul
se le fue el santo al cielohe completely forgot
llegar y besar el santoto get it at the first attempt
no es santo de mi devociónhe's not my cup of tea
quedarse para vestir santosto be left on the shelf
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santoa santa
1 (Religión) [+vida, persona] holy; [+tierra] consecrated; [+persona] saintly; [+mártir] blessed
2 [+remedio] wonderful; miraculous
3 (enfático) blessed
santo y bueno well and good; hacer su santa voluntad to do as one jolly well pleases; todo el santo día the whole blessed day; y él con su santa calma and he as cool as a cucumber
1 (Religión) saint
Santo Tomás St Thomas
santo/a patrón/ona santo/a titular patron saint
¿a santo de qué? why on earth?
¿a qué santo? what on earth for?
¡por todos los santos! for pity's sake!
no es santo de mi devoción he's not my cup of tea (familiar)
alzarse con el santo y la limosna to clear off with the whole lot (familiar)
comerse los santos to be terribly devout
desnudar a un santo para vestir otro to rob Peter to pay Paul
se le fue el santo al cielo he forgot what he was about to say
¡que se te va el santo al cielo! you're miles away!
llegar y besar el santo to pull it off at the first attempt
fue llegar y besar el santo it was as easy as pie
nacer con el santo de espaldas to be born unlucky
poner a algn como un santo to give sb a telling-off (familiar)
quedarse para vestir santos to be left on the shelf
tener el santo de cara to have the luck of the devil
tener el santo de espaldas to be cursed with bad luck
3 (persona) saint
es un santo he's a saint; estaba hecho un santo he was terribly sweet
1 (onomástica) saint's day
mañana es mi santo tomorrow is my name day o saint's day
2 (en libro) picture
santo y seña (Mil) password
4 (S. Cone) (Cos) patch; darn
As well as celebrating their birthday, many Spaniards and Latin Americans celebrate their santo or onomástica. This is the day when the saint whose name they have is honoured in the Christian calendar. It used to be relatively common for newborn babies to be named after the saint on whose day they were born. So a boy born on 25 July (Saint James's day) stood a good chance of being christened "Santiago". The tradition may be dying out now that parents are no longer restricted to names from the Christian calendar. In Spain, as with birthdays, the person whose santo it is normally buys the drinks if they go out with friends.
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