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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