strait

USAGE NOTE
This word is often used in the plural.
strait(
streyt
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (geography)
a. el estrecho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
Many people crossed the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa into Spain.Mucha gente cruzó el Estrecho de Gibraltar desde el norte de África hacia España.
More than fifty thousand vessels pass through the strait each year.Más de cincuenta mil embarcaciones pasan por el estrecho cada año.
2. (difficulty)
a. el apuro
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
I didn't know you were in such critical straits. Please call me if you need anything.No sabía que estabas en apuros tan graves. Por favor, llámame si necesitas algo.
b. el aprieto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
With her husband deceased and debt piling on, Sophie's in really desperate straits.Con su difunto marido y las deudas acumulándose, Sophie está en un serio aprieto.
c. la situación desesperada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Our family was in financial straits when my father lost his job.Nuestra familia se vio en una situación financiera desesperada cuando mi padre perdió su trabajo.
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strait
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (general)
a. el estrecho
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(M)
the Straits of Gibraltarel estrecho de Gibraltar
2. (fig)
a.
to be in dire or desperate straitsestar en serios aprietos
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strait [streɪt]
noun
1 (Geog) (also straits) estrecho (m)
the Straits of Dover el estrecho de Dover
2 straits situación (f) apurada; apuro (m)
to be in dire straits estar en un gran apuro; the economic straits we are in el apuro económico en que nos encontramos
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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