Saturday, 6 July 2013


Today's WOTD is: "vestido" = dress

In Spanish, “vestido” is a masculine noun of Latin origin, the main meaning of which is dress/ gown.

Besides the specific meaning of a female dress/ gown, as a noun “vestido” may be also used to refer to clothing in general, a suit/ an outfit or attire.

The word “vestido” may also be used as a describing word/ adjective meaning dressed.

A related word is the action word/ verb “vestir”, which may be used to mean to dress/ to wear (clothes) or to clothe/ cover -with clothes. The usual meaning of “vestirse” (reflexive verb) is to get dressed.

Some expressions with the word “vestido” are:
  • Ir bien vestido (to be well dressed);
  • Ir vestido de calle (to be wearing casual clothes);
  • Ir vestido de paisano (in plain clothes/ civilian clothes -as opposite to wearing a uniform);
  • Vestido de boda (wedding dress);
  • Vestido de ceremonia (ceremonial dress/ suit/ outfit);
  • Vestido de noche (night dress);
  • Vestido de novia (bride dress/ bridal gown);

Some examples of the use of the word "vestido" are:
  • ¡Qué vestido más bonito! (what a lovely dress!)
  • Gastamos mucho dinero en vestido y calzado (we spend a lot of money on clothing and shoes);
  • Pedro iba vestido de bombero (Pedro was wearing a fireman outfit);
  • Ese chico va muy bien vestido (that boy is very well dressed);
  • Te gusta ir vestido de calle, ¿no? (you like wearing casual clothes, don't you?);
  • Pedro va vestido de paisano (Pedro is in civilian clothes);
  • María llevaba un vestido de boda precioso (Maria was wearing a lovely wedding dress)
  • Ese es un vestido de ceremonia muy antiguo (that is a very old ceremonial outfit);
  • María llevaba un vestido de noche precioso (Maria was wearing a lovely night dress);
  • María llevaba un vestido de novia precioso (Maria was wearing a lovely bride dress); loves the word "vestido" in the YouTube clip: Jesús Giles - El Vestido

For more on the word "vestido", visit: Vestido*

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

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