Sunday, 11 August 2013

Botón

Today's WOTD is: "botón" = button

In Spanish, “botón”* is a masculine noun of German origin, the main meaning of which is button. The Spanish noun “botón” may also be used to refer to a rose bud.

A related Spanish action word/ verb is “abotonar”/ “abotonarse”, which means to button up/ do up.

NB The plural form, "botones" may also be used to refer to a bellboy/ bellhop/ page/ office boy/ office girl. In all these cases, the noun has only one form for singular, plural, masculine and feminine.

Some expressions with the word “botón” are:
  • Apretar el botón (to press the button);
  • Botón de apagado ('OFF' button);
  • Botón de encendido ('ON' button);
  • Como botón de muestra (as an example/ to give an idea);
  • Coser un botón (to sew up a button);
  • Darle al botón (to press the button);
  • Estar en botón (to be in bud);
  • Pegar un botón (to sew up a button);
  • Pulsar el botón (to press the button);

Some examples of the use of the word "botón" are:
  • Apriete el botón (press the button);
  • Apriete el botón de apagado (press the 'OFF' button);
  • Apriete el botón de encendido (press the 'ON' button);
  • Esa carretera es muy peligrosa: como botón the muestra esta semana ya ha habido tres accidentes (that road is very dangerous: just to give you an idea, this week there has already been three accidents).
  • Necesito coser un botón (I need to sew up a button);
  • Dale al botón de apagado (press the 'OFF' button);
  • Dale al botón de encendido (press the 'ON' button);
  • Las rosas están en botón (the roses are in bud);
  • Necesito pegar un botón (I need to sew up a button);
  • Pulse el botón de apagado (press the 'OFF' button);
  • Pulse el botón de encendido (press the 'ON' button);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "botón" in the YouTube clip: Debajo un botón, Spanish Song for Children. Teaching with Music.

For more on the word "botón", visit:Wordreference.com/es/en/ Botón

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

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