Monday, 14 October 2013

Paraguas

Today's WOTD is: "paraguas" = umbrella

In Spanish, “paraguas”* is a masculine noun the main meaning of which is umbrella. The noun “paraguas” has its origin in the obvious combination of the words “parar” (to stop) and “agua” (water) both of Latin origin.

*NB It should be noted that “paraguas” is both singular (“el paraguas”) and plural (“los paraguas”).


The word "paraguas" may in some cases be also used in Spanish to refer to some protection mechanism or safety net.

Related words are “paragüero”* and “paragüera”, which are commonly used to refer to
  • Someone who makes or sells umbrellas.
*NB The word paragüero” may also be used to refer to an umbrella stand.

Some expressions with the word “paraguas” are:
  • Abrir el paraguas (to put up/ open the umbrella)
  • Cerrar el paraguas (to close the umbrella);
  • Paraguas abierto (open umbrella);
  • Paraguas cerrado (closed umbrella);
  • Paraguas plegable (folding umbrella);

Some examples of the use of the word "paraguas" are:
  • Si empieza a llover abrimos el paraguas (if it starts raining we put up the umbrella);
  • Si para de llover cerramos el paraguas (if it stops raining we close the umbrella);
  • Con un paraguas abierto nos protegimos de la lluvia (with an open umbrella we were protected from the rain);
  • Uso el paraguas cerrado como bastón (I use the closed umbrella as a walking stick);
  • Ese paraguas plegable es muy práctico (that folding umbrella is very useful)

Love-Spanish.com loves the word "paraguas" in the YouTube clip: Pescao vivo - El paraguas

For more on the word "paraguas", visit: Wordreference.com/es/en/ Paraguas

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

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