Translation of knee in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /niː/


  • 1.1 [Anatomy/Anatomía] rodilla (feminine) I felt weak at the knees se me aflojaron las piernas to be on one's knees estar* arrodillado, estar* de rodillas or [literary/literario] de hinojos he fell on his knees in front of the king cayó de rodillas or [literary/literario] se postró de hinojos ante el rey to go o get down on one's knees ponerse* de rodillas, arrodillarse (down) on your knees! ¡de rodillas!, ¡arrodíllate! I'm not going down on my knees to him no se lo voy a pedir de rodillas my/his knees were knocking [colloquial/familiar] me/le temblaban las piernas to bow o bend the knee to sb doblar la cerviz ante algn on bended knee(s) de rodillas, de hinojos [literary/literario] to bring sb to his/her knees doblegar* or humillar a algn to bring sth to its knees the strike brought the country to its knees la huelga llevó el país al borde del desastre knee joint articulación (feminine) de la rodilla
    More example sentences
    • He will be out for the season after having an operation on his knee to repair cruciate ligaments.
    • He rested on the floor on his hands and knees complaining of severe abdominal pain.
    • For instance, be sure you can extend and flex your injured knee as fully as the other one.
    1.2 [Clothing/Indumentaria] rodilla (feminine) my trousers have gone at the knee se me han roto los pantalones en la rodilla
    More example sentences
    • I fell twice on the way home, soaking my mittens and the knees of my leggings.
    • On the evening of her disappearance, she was wearing a pink sleeveless top, blue jeans with holes in the knees, a khaki duffel coat and black trainers.
    • Faulkner wore jeans faded at the knees, a broad hat, and photochromic sunglasses.
    1.3 (kick) [colloquial/familiar] (no plural/sin plural) rodillazo (masculine) he gave him a knee in the back le pegó un rodillazo en la espalda

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • darle* or pegarle* un rodillazo a he kneed me in the groin me dio un rodillazo en la ingle

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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.