Menina
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Menina
See also: meniña

Portuguese

Uma menina

Etymology

From Old Portuguese menynna, from menynno.

Pronunciation

Noun

menina f (plural meninas)

  1. girl (female child)
    Doutor, é menino ou menina?
    Doctor, is it a boy or a girl?
  2. young lady, miss (a title of respect for an unmarried young woman)
    Pode sentar-se aqui, menina.
    You may sit here, miss.
  3. (derogatory) an effeminate boy
  4. (Portugal, euphemistic, usually in the plural) prostitute
    Ele tornou-se frequentador assíduo de casas de meninas.
    He became a regular frequenter of houses of girls [brothels].

Synonyms

Descendants

  • Spanish: menina

Spanish

Etymology

From Portuguese menina ("girl"), from Old Portuguese menynna, from menynno ("boy").

Pronunciation

Noun

menina f (plural meninas)

  1. a court maid of honour

Usage notes

  • Do not confuse with niña ("girl").

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