Translation of strait in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /streɪt/


  • 1 [Geography/Geografía] (often plural/frecuentemente plural) estrecho (masculine) the Strait of Magellan, the Magellan Strait(s) el estrecho de Magallanes
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    • They glided over the narrow strait of turbulent ocean water that made the island look like it had been cut in half with a steak knife.
    • ‘The Northwest Passage is a strait for international navigation,’ says a State Department lawyer.
    • In purely commercial terms, passage through the strait would cut time off sailings from the west coast of North Korea.
  • 2
    (straits plural)
    (difficulties, difficult position) to be in dire/desperate straits estar* en grandes apuros/en una situación desesperada to be in financial straits pasar estrecheces, pasar apuros económicos

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Cultural fact of the day

In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.