Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Cuadrado

Today's word is: Cuadrado
Clase: sustantivo (noun)
Género: masculino (masculine)
Origen: latín (Latin)

In Spanish, “cuadrado” is a masculine noun of Latin origin which means square and used as in:
  • El cuadrado es una figura geométrica (the square is a geometrical figure)
  • El cuadrado de 2 es 4 (the square of 2 is 4)



The describing word, “cuadrado”/ “cuadrada” may be used also to refer to a brawny, muscular, stocky or well-built person, as in:
  • Tu amigo está cuadrado (your friend is a really well-built person)


The action word/ verb “cuadrar” is a related word meaning to square, to balance, to add up, and is used as in:
  • Las cuentas no cuadran* (the sums don't add up)


Some Spanish expressions with the word “cuadrado” are:
  • Al cuadrado (squared/ to the power of 2)
    • 2 al cuadrado es igual a 4 (2 to the power of 2 is equal to 4)
  • Centímetro cuadrado (square centimeter)
  • Decímetro cuadrado (square decimeter)
  • Estar cuadrado (to be a muscular/ well-built person)
    • Tu amigo está cuadrado (your friend is a really well-built person)
  • Elevar al cuadrado (to square/ to raise to the power of 2)
    • Elevamos al cuadrado el resultado (we raise the result to the power of 2)
  • Metro cuadrado (square meter)
  • Pan cuadrado (sliced bread/ sliced loaf)
  • Precio del metro cuadrado** (price per square metre/ meter)
  • Valor del metro cuadrado** de un inmueble (property value per square metre/ meter)


Notes
*The expression could be used:
  • In a literal sense -when errors/ discrepancies cause an account not to balance
  • In a figurative sense when referring to inconsistencies

**Commonly used unit of price/ value of property



Love-Spanish.com loves the word "cuadrado" in the YouTube clip: el baile del cuadrado-los rebos (original)

For more on the word "cuadrado", visit: Wordreference.com/es/ Cuadrado

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

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