Translation of bloque in English:
nombre masculino/masculine noun
- 2 (edificio) block; (conjunto de casas) housing complex ([ built around central space, lawn, etc ]) un bloque de apartamentos or (España/Spain) pisos an apartment block, a block of flats (inglés británico/British English) un bloque de apartamentos or (España/Spain) pisos de alquiler tenement block
- 4 (fuerza política) bloc el bloque del Este [Historia/History] the Eastern bloc en bloque (locución adverbial/adverbial phrase) en bloc, en masse
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