Sunday, 10 February 2013

Mantel


Today's WOTD is: "mantel" = tablecloth



In Spanish, “mantel” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, which means tablecloth.



A related Spanish noun is “mantelería”, which may be used to refer to table linens.

Some commonly used expressions with the word “mantel”/ “mantelería” are:
  • Compartir mesa y mantel con alguien (to sit with someone at the dinner table/ include someone in one's circle of close friends);
  • Día de manteles largos (a special celebration banquet day- some parts of Latin America);
  • Estar de mantel largo (to have guests for dinner- some parts of Latin America);
  • Estar de manteles largos (to have guests for dinner- some parts of Latin America);
  • Mantelería de diario (ordinary table linens);
  • Mantelería de gala (gala table linen);

Some examples of the use of the word "mantel" or related words are:
  • ¿Acaso he compartido mesa y mantel con Pedro alguna vez para que me tutee? (have I ever treated Pedro as a close friend for him to be in first name terms with me?);
  • Hoy es día de manteles largos (today we are having a party/ banquet);
  • Hoy estamos de mantel largo (today we are having a party/ banquet);
  • Hoy estamos de manteles largos (today we are having a party/ banquet);
  • En el día a día se usa la mantelería de diario (the ordinary table linens are used day to day);
  • Para fiestas existe una mantelería de gala (there is gala table linen for special celebrations);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "mantel" in the YouTube clip: Nunca laves el mantel- Aldo Monges.wmv

For more on the word "mantel", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Mantel*

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

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