Share this entry

Share this page


Translation of carrera in English:

nombre femenino/feminine noun

  • 2 2.1 [familiar/colloquial] (corrida) tendremos que echar una carrera si queremos alcanzar el tren we'll have to get moving o/or get a move on if we want to catch the train [familiar/colloquial] darse or pegarse una carrera to run as fast as one can, run like the clappers (inglés británico/British English) [familiar/colloquial] me fui de una carrera a casa de la abuela I tore o raced o rushed round to my grandmother's house [familiar/colloquial] a la carrera or a las carreras, siempre anda a las carreras she's always in a hurry o/or rush se llevó el dinero y huyó a la carrera he took the money and ran hice la última parte a las carreras I really rushed through the last part tomar carrera to take a run-up 2.2 (España/Spain) [familiar/colloquial] hacer la carrera to work as a prostitute, turn tricks (inglés norteamericano/American English) [argot/slang] hace la carrera por las Ramblas she works her beat o/or turns tricks along the Ramblas [argot/slang]
  • 3 3.1 [Educación/Education] degree course seguir or hacer una carrera universitaria to do a degree course, to study for a degree está haciendo la carrera de Derecho he's doing a degree in law o/or a law degree tiene la carrera de Físicas she has a degree in physics cuando termine la carrera piensa colocarse de profesora when she finishes her studies o degree o when she graduates she intends to get a job as teacher dejó la carrera a medias he dropped out halfway through college (inglés norteamericano/American English) he dropped out halfway through university o/or through his degree course (inglés británico/British English) muy pocos podían dar carrera a sus hijos very few people could afford to put their children through college (inglés norteamericano/American English) o/or (inglés británico/British English) university 3.2 (profesión, trayectoria) career es una mujer de carrera she's a career woman un diplomático/militar de carrera a career diplomat/officer hizo su carrera en el cuerpo diplomático he pursued a career in the diplomatic corps hacer carrera to carve out a career empieza a hacer carrera en el cine she is beginning to make a name for herself in movies no poder hacer carrera de or con algn, no puedo hacer carrera de este hijo mío I can't do a thing with this son of mine


    carrera media

    • [ three-year university course ]

    carrera superior

    • [ five-year university course ]

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day colmillo
eyetooth …
Cultural fact of the day

Primaria is the name given in Spain to the first of the two compulsory levels of education. It is for pupils between six and twelve years of age and leads to the ESO - Educación Secundaria Obligatoria.