In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(present)regalo masculineobsequio masculine formalReligion ofrenda femininemay I present you with a small gift? — ¿puedo hacerle un pequeño obsequio? formal
- your gift could save a child's life — su donación podría salvar la vida de un niño
- the perfect gift for the woman who has everything — el obsequio perfecto para la mujer que lo tiene todo
- a free gift in every packet — un obsequio en cada paquete
- it was a gift — me lo regalaron
- it's a gift at that price — a ese precio es una ganga / un regalo
- the exam was a gift — el examen estaba regalado / tirado
- a gift from the gods — un regalo del cielo
- never look a gift horse in the mouth — a caballo regalado no le mires el diente / no se le miran los dientes
- For something a little less bodacious, here's a neat online shop for fun gifts; I would recommend a new shower curtain.
- It is basically for this reason that the appellant claims that the payments to him were gifts and did not attract tax.
- Any gifts or payments to purchasing agents, suppliers and the like should be made honestly and openly.
- The following morning, mercifully sunny, I shopped for gifts in the back streets and then headed for the airport.
- To help those on the hunt for suitable gifts for loved ones in the family, as well as for friends, shops selling gifts have begun displaying a variety of articles.
- The theme behind the design is the gift of perfume for Mother's Day, but the execution is that of stylized glamour.
- An example was the wedding gift to one of his advisers' sons who was presented with a cheque for $50,000.
- Internet shopping for gifts is predicted to set new records this season, while traditional retailers have been bracing themselves for empty aisles.
- Why not visit the website and think about trouble-free shopping for your special gifts?
- The king meant to present the elephant as a wedding gift to his nephew and future emperor of Europe, Maximilian II.
- Presenting the gift, Grant said she had heard a lot about the group since her return from England and decided to pay them a visit to learn even more.
- Her wedding gifts to her husband were spectacular.
- The couple decided to forego wedding presents and gifts totalling £900 were handed over to the hospital.
- I'll get you your final pay together as well as a bonus as a wedding gift, to help things along.
- With Christmas coming, she said, a lot of men save their money to shop for family gifts.
- Usually, if a woman wants to end the relationship, she returns the gift willingly.
- The toasts were made, the wedding gifts presented, and finally we dined.
- The plaques make ideal gifts for weddings and special occasions.
- Potter would write out her stories in an exercise book, paste in a few watercolours and a number of pen-and-ink sketches and then present it as a gift to a favoured child.
- Newlyweds normally have a present list that includes crockery and toasters, but a new alternative could see couples giving goat herds to poor countries as wedding gifts.
- Aside from the gift of time, mothers like to feel pampered.
- Certainly one can't have the receiver present while shopping for the gift!
1.2(power of bestowal)to be in the gift of sb — estar en manos de algn
- the appointment to this post is in the gift of the president — le incumbe al presidente hacer este nombramiento
2(talent)don masculineher artistic gifts — sus dotes artísticas
- to have a gift for sth/ -ing
- she has a gift for poetry — tiene talento para la poesía
- he has a gift for making people laugh — tiene el don de saber hacer reír a la gente
- he has a gift for saying the wrong thing — tiene el don de la inoportunidad
- the gift of the gab / the gift of gab — labia
- he has the gift of the gab — tiene un pico de oro
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