See also: meniña

PortugueseEdit

 
Uma menina

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese menynna, from menynno.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

menina f (plural meninas)

  1. girl (female child)
    Doutor, é menino ou menina?
    Doctor, is it a boy or a girl?
    Synonyms: garota, guria, rapariga, moça, miúda, cachopa
  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: rapariga, prostituta

DescendantsEdit

  • Spanish: menina

SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /meˈnina/, [meˈni.na]

NounEdit

menina f (plural meninas)

  1. a court maid of honour

Usage notesEdit

  • Do not confuse with niña (girl).