An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (lower in rank)
a. subordinate
La cultura subalterna de los pueblos sometidos se mantuvo intacta durante la invasión.The subordinate culture of the subjugated people remained intact during the invasion.
b. auxiliary
El personal subalterno se encarga de tareas secundarias.The auxiliary staff is in charge of secondary tasks.
2. (consequent)
a. secondary
El nombramiento del nuevo ministro esconde un interés subalterno que los ciudadanos desconocen.There's some hidden secondary interest behind the appointment of the new minister that the people don't know about.
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
3. (assistant)
a. subordinate
Yo soy un mero subalterno en la oficina; el que toma las decisiones es mi jefe.I'm just an office subordinate. It's my boss who makes the decisions.
4. (bullfighting)
a. assistant bullfighter
El subalterno sufrió una cornada al acercarse demasiado al toro.The assistant bullfighter was gored when he got too close to the bull.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (subordinado)
a. auxiliary
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
2. (empleado)
a. subordinate
3. (bullfighting)
a. assistant to bullfighter
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subalternoa subalterna
[+importancia] secondary; [+personal] auxiliary;
1 (subordinado) subordinate
2 (Taur) assistant bullfighter
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