- 1.1 [sol/luz] to shine; [estrella] to shine, sparkle; [zapatos/suelo/metal] to shine, gleam; [diamante] to sparkle le brillaba el pelo her hair shone al verlo le brillaron los ojos de alegría when she saw him her eyes lit up with joy para que su vajilla brille, use … for sparkling dishes, use … te brilla la nariz your nose is shiny 1.2 [inteligencia/cualidad] to shine nunca brilló en sus estudios he never shined (inglés norteamericano/American English) o/or (inglés británico/British English) shone as a student, he was never a brilliant student
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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.