A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (table talk)
a. after-dinner conversation
Recuerdo las largas sobremesas de los domingos en casa de mis abuelos.I remember the Sunday after-dinner conversations that would go on forever at my grandparents' house.
Laura siempre se va justo después de terminar de comer. Nunca se queda de sobremesa.Laura always leaves right after finishing her meal. She never stays for the after-dinner conversation.
b. after-lunch conversation
La sobremesa se extendió por dos horas. Hablamos principalmente de política.The after-lunch conversation was two hours long. We mostly talked about politics.
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Hoy no me podré quedar de sobremesa, tengo que volver a la oficina.Today I won't be able to stay chatting with you after lunch. I have to go back to the office.
La sobremesa se alargó hasta bien entrada la tarde.We were sitting around the table talking well into the evening.
2. (table cover)
a. tablecloth
Tendré que poner a lavar la sobremesa; tiene una mancha de vino tinto.I'll have to wash the tablecloth; it has a red wine stain on it.
3. (television)
a. afternoon
Ese canal pone un documental de animales todas las sobremesas.That channel shows a wildlife documentary every afternoon.
b. afternoon slot
La nueva serie será retransmitida en la sobremesa de los lunes.The new series will be shown in the Monday afternoon slot.
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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. (general)
quedarse de sobremesato stay at the table
la programación de sobremesaafternoon TV (programs)
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1 (después de comer) sitting on after a meal
estar de sobremesa to sit round the table after lunch/dinner; conversación de sobremesa table talk; charla de sobremesa after-dinner speech; orador de sobremesa after-dinner speaker; programa de sobremesa (TV) afternoon programme; un cigarro de sobremesa an after-lunch/dinner cigar; hablaremos de eso en la sobremesa we'll talk about that after lunch/dinner
lámpara de sobremesa table lamp; ordenador de sobremesa desktop computer
3 (mantel) table cover; tablecloth
4 (postre) dessert
After the main meal of the day, which usually takes place at around 2 or 3 p.m., the Spanish have traditionally lingered on at table drinking coffee and either chatting or watching TV before returning to work later in the afternoon. If they have more time, they may even have a liqueur or play cards. While estar de sobremesa is also occasionally applied to the period after the evening meal, it is more usually taken to mean after lunch, and the sobremesa time band used in TV programme listings applies only to between 2.00 and 5.00 p.m.
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