Translation of great in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /greɪt/


  • 1 (before noun/delante del nombre) 1.1 (large in size) (singular) gran (before noun/delante del nombre); (plural) grandes (before noun/delante del nombre) the Great Lakes los Grandes Lagos
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    • He's a young lad with a good physique and a great amount of potential.
    • Her work forces the viewer to think, and above all to feel, with great intensity.
    • Father Jones who hosted the event in is house thanks all those who helped in any way to raise such a great amount.
    1.2 [number/quantity] (singular) gran (before noun/delante del nombre); (plural) grandes (before noun/delante del nombre) a great many people muchísima gente a great deal of criticism muchas críticas the great majority la gran mayoría to fall from a great height caerse* de muy alto we discussed it in great detail lo discutimos muy minuciosamente or punto por punto she lived to a great age vivió hasta una edad muy avanzada on an even greater scale incluso a mayor escala there's a dirty great hole in my sock (British English/inglés británico) [colloquial/familiar] tengo un agujerazo en el calcetín [colloquial/familiar] 1.3 (profound, intense) [affection/sorrow/attention/advantage] gran (before noun/delante del nombre) with great interest/care con gran interés/cuidado great progress has been made se han hecho grandes progresos greater help is needed se necesita más ayuda
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    • The air of studied banality persists even during moments of great importance.
    • Meditation is of great importance and is central to the practice of the Eightfold Path.
    • The room was next to the kitchen and was a place of great importance.
  • 2 (before noun/delante del nombre) 2.1 (important) [landowner/occasion/problem] (singular) gran (before noun/delante del nombre); (plural) grandes (before noun/delante del nombre) the great houses of England las grandes mansiones de Inglaterra the great American novel la gran novela americana the Great Fire of London el gran incendio de Londres the Great Powers las grandes potencias 2.2 (outstanding) [man/woman/painter/athlete/author] gran (before noun/delante del nombre); (plural) grandes (before noun/delante del nombre) Catherine the Great Catalina la Grande she was destined for great things estaba predestinada a llegar lejos 2.3 (genuine, real) [friend/rival] (singular) gran (before noun/delante del nombre); (plural) grandes (before noun/delante del nombre) it's a great pity you can't come es una verdadera lástima que no puedas venir I'm in no great hurry no tengo mucha prisa, no estoy muy apurado (Latin America/América Latina) you're a great help! [colloquial/familiar] [ironic] ¡valiente ayuda la tuya! [irónico] she's leaving — it's no great loss se va — no se pierde mucho she has a great eye for detail tiene muy buen ojo para los detalles I'm a great fan of yours soy un gran admirador suyo I'm a great believer in … soy un gran partidario de … she's a great one for ginseng [colloquial/familiar] es una fanática del ginseng he's a great one for starting arguments [colloquial/familiar] ¡es único para empezar discusiones!, para empezar discusiones es (como) mandado a hacer (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) [colloquial/familiar] you great idiot! ¡pedazo de idiota! [colloquial/familiar]
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    • Eileen is very quiet and Brian is wonderful, he has been a great friend of mine over the years and I am delighted for them.
    • As a great fan of porridge, I was looking forward to judging the offerings.
    • I'm a great fan of cryptic crosswords, even though they are tantalisingly difficult.
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    • He did concede, however, that there were some whose quality was so great that they must be saved.
    • Westlake, for you youngsters, is a crime novelist of long standing and great eminence.
    • The event is just dreadful and yet the way it's recorded is great art and it leads us into a kind of paradox.
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    • Today, more than ever, the government lacks any grand visions and great causes.
    • It is somewhat ironic that the last great monument of the house of Wessex was mainly a product of Norman culture.
    • We congratulate him and thank him for his great contribution to the grand old club.
  • 3 (excellent) [colloquial/familiar] [goal/movie/meal] sensacional, fabuloso we had a really great time lo pasamos fenomenal [colloquial/familiar] the great thing is that you don't need to clean it lo mejor de todo es que no hay que limpiarlo he's a really great guy es un tipo or (in Spain also/en España también) tío sensacional [colloquial/familiar] he was just great about it se lo tomó muy biento be great at sth she's great at chess juega estupendamente al ajedrez he's great at mending things se da mucha maña para hacer arreglosto be great on sth he's great on pop music sabe mucho de música pop (as interjection/como interjección) (that's) great! ¡qué bien!, ¡fenomenal!, ¡bárbaro! [colloquial/familiar]
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    • This is slightly harder to do, but with practice it makes an excellent show-stopper and a great way to win a pig.
    • The staff always go out of their way for me, too, and the guys who own it are great blokes.
    • I never knew his Dad, but if he was anything like his son I'm sure he was a truly great guy.
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    • She knows how all - consuming life becomes in this business and she is great at keeping my feet on the ground.
    • She was great at reading other people, just not so perceptive when it came to herself.
    • I'm terribly proud of her and I think she's great at her job, and being a mother.


  • 1.1 (outstanding person) [colloquial/familiar] estrella (feminine), grande (masculine and feminine) 1.2 (important people) (+ plural verb/+ verbo en plural) the great la gente importante, los grandes the great and the good (British English/inglés británico) [humorous/humorístico] las vacas sagradas [humorous/humorístico]


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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.