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See the entry forvela.
Presentél/ella/ustedconjugation ofvelar.
Affirmative imperativeconjugation ofvelar.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (piece of wax)
a. candle
¿Puedes encender las velas en el comedor?Can you light the candles in the dining room?
Prendimos velas de emergencia durante el apagón.We lit emergency candles during the blackout.
2. (part of a boat)
a. sail
¡Icen las velas que estamos a punto de zarpar!Hoist the sails! We are about to cast off!
3. (act of boating)
a. sailing
El clima está perfecto para hacer vela en la bahía.The weather is perfect to go sailing in the bay.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
a. snot
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
El pobre bebé tiene la nariz llena de velas.The poor baby has a nose full of snot.
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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. (para dar luz)
a. candle
2. (fam fig)
estar a dos velasnot to have two halfpennies to rub together
3. (fam fig)
quedarse a dos velasto be left none the wiser
4. (fam fig)
¿quién te ha dado vela en este entierro?who asked you to butt in? who asked you to stick your oar in?
5. (de barco)
a. sail
a toda velaunder full sail
vela mayormainsail
6. (sports)
a. sailing
hacer velato go sailing
vela deportivasailing
7. (vigilia)
a. vigil
pasar la noche en velato stay awake all night
8. (colloquial)
a. snot
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1 [de cera] candle
estar a dos velas (sin enterarse) to be in the dark; (sin dinero) to be broke (familiar)
encender o poner una vela a Dios y otra al diablo to have it both ways
no se puede encender o poner una vela a Dios y otra al diablo
¿quién te dio vela en este entierro? who asked you to butt in?
vela de sebo tallow candle
2 (vigilia)
estar en vela to be unable to get to sleep; pasar la noche en vela to have a sleepless night
3 (moco) bogey (familiar)
4 (Taur) horn
5 (trabajo nocturno) night work; (Mil) (period of) sentry duty
6 (Latinoamérica) (velorio) wake
7 (S. Cone) (molestia) nuisance
¡qué vela! what a nuisance!
aguantar la vela (soportar) to put up with it; (plantar cara) to face the music (familiar)
8 (Caribe) (México) (bronca) telling-off (familiar)
(Náutica) sail; (deporte) sailing
barco de vela sailing ship
darse o hacerse a la vela largar las velas to set sail; get under way
hacer vela to go sailing
a toda vela a velas desplegadas under full sail; vigorously; energetically
arriar o recoger velas (retractarse) to back down; (abandonar) to give up; chuck it in (familiar)
estar a dos velas to be broke (familiar); be skint (muy_familiar)
estar entre dos velas
ir a la vela
to be half-seas over (muy_familiar)
ir como las velas (S. Cone) to drive very fast
plegar velas to slow down
vela balón spinnaker
vela mayor mainsail
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