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u

USAGE NOTE
In Spanish, the conjunction "u" is used instead of "o" before a word beginning with "o" or "ho." This word may be capitalized.
u(
oo
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (letter)
a. u
La primera letra en el nombre de "Úrsula" es la u.The first letter in the name "Ursula" is u.
2.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(university)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. college
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¿Piensas ir a la u?Are you thinking of going to college?
b. uni
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Mi hermano está en la u.My brother is at uni.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
conjunction
3. (disjunctive)
a. or
O gorilas u osos atacaron a los exploradores.Either gorillas or bears attacked the explorers.
U
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
abbreviation
4. (university)
a. Univ.
Enseña derecho en la U de Chile.He teaches law at the Univ. of Chile.
b. U
Voy a estudiar en la U de O.I'm going to study at the U of O.
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u
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
conjunction
1. (general)
a. or
u
U [u]
(letra) U; u
doble U (México) W; curva en U hairpin bend
u
conjunction
(used instead of "o" before o-, ho-) or
siete u ocho seven or eight
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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