Monday, 18 June 2012


Today's WOTD is: "calor" = heat

In Spanish, the noun "calor" is a masculine* noun of Latin origin which means heat. The noun “calor” is also often used to refer to warmth or ardour. The diminutive form, “calorcillo” is commonly used to refer to a pleasant warmth.

The plural form of the noun “calor”, that is, “calores” is often used to refer to hot flushes/ hot flashes.

*NB The use of “calor” as a feminine noun, although still in use in some parts, is not recommended in modern Spanish.

Some commonly used expressions containing the word "calor" are:
  • Ahogarse de calor (to suffer suffocating heat);
  • Al calor de (protected by/ helped by/ kept warm by);
  • Asarse de calor (to suffer suffocating heat);
  • Hacer un calor agobiante (to be excessively/ suffocatingly hot**);
  • Hacer un calor canicular (to be excessively/ suffocatingly hot**);
  • Coger calor (to warm up/ to get warm);
  • Dar calor (to make you feel hot);
  • Entrar en calor (to warm up/ to get warm);
  • Freirse de calor (to suffer suffocating heat);
  • Hacer calor (to be hot**);
  • Pasar calor (to feel unpleasantly hot);
  • Tener calor (to feel hot);

**NB Only used to refer to weather/ ambient temperature/ heat (should not be used to refer to the temperature of things).

Some examples of the use of the word "calor" are:
  • Hoy se ahoga uno de calor (today is suffocatingly hot);
  • Hoy se asa uno de calor (today is suffocatingly hot);
  • Hoy se frie uno de calor (today is suffocatingly hot);
  • Pasamos la noche al calor de la hoguera (we spent the night being kept warm by the camp fire);
  • Ayer hacía un calor agobiante (yesterday was suffocatingly hot/ the heat was stifling);
  • Ayer hacía un calor canicular (yesterday was suffocatingly hot);
  • Esta sudadera me da mucho calor (this sweatshirt is making me feel very hot);
  • Estoy cogiendo calor (I am warming up/ beginning to feel warm);
  • Estoy entrando en calor (I am beginning to feel warm – after feeling cold!);
  • Anoche hacía calor (last night it was quite hot);
  • Anoche pasamos calor (last night we felt unpleasantly hot);
  • ¿Tienes calor? (are you feeling hot?); loves the word "calor" in the YouTube clip: Hace calor-Andres Calamaro

For more on the word "calor", visit: Calor

*NB 'Click' on the speaker icon next to the word “calor” in the link to hear the word pronounced.

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