Tuesday, 22 October 2013


Today's WOTD is: "corbata" = tie

In Spanish, “corbata” is a feminine noun of Italian origin commonly used to refer to a neck tie.

The word may also be used to refer to:
  • A clean shot/ in between shot in the game of billiards
  • An ornamental ribbon on a flag
  • The forestage in a theatre

Some expressions with the word “corbata” are:
  • Corbata de lazo (bow tie);
  • Corbata de lazo preatada (ready-tied/ pre-tied bow tie);
  • Corbata de moño (bow tie);
  • Corbata llamativa (colourful/ loud neck tie);
  • De saco y corbata (formally dressed –mainly outside Spain);
  • De traje y corbata (formally dressed);
  • Llevar corbata (to wear a tie);
  • Lo mismo fríe una corbata que plancha un huevo (describing someone who is a Jack of all trades but is a bit of a disaster/ can't do anything right);
  • Nudo de corbata (tie knot);

Some examples of the use of the words "corbata" are:
  • Esa corbata de lazo es de seda, ¿verdad? (that is a silk bow tie, isn't it?);
  • La corbata de lazo preatada es muy fácil de poner (a ready-tied bow tie is very easy to put on);
  • Esa corbata de moño es de seda, ¿verdad? (that is a silk bow tie, isn't it?);
  • Pedro lleva una corbata muy llamativa (Pedro is wearing a very colourful tie);
  • Hay que ir de saco y corbata (formal dress is required);
  • Hay que ir de traje y corbata (formal dress is required);
  • Pedro lo mismo fríe una corbata que plancha un huevo (Pedro is a Jack of all trades, but is a disaster);
  • Tu amigo me enseñó a hacer este nudo de la corbata (your friend taught me to tie this tie knot);

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "corbata" in the YouTube clip: NUDO DE CORBATA WINDSOR ALUCINANTE. Como Hacer el Nudo Windsor

For more on the word "corbata", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Corbata

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

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