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Dresser and Closet. Help

Hello I am English and I have problems translating the words "dresser" and "closet" in to Spanish. Sometimes "armario" is accepted for both sometimes it isn't but I don't understand the English usage and this is not helping. Could someone American please explain.

May 10, 2018



A dresser is a piece of furniture with drawers to hold folded clothes.'

A closet has a door that opens into a recessed area or sometimes a small room (walk-in closet) and there is a pole that you use for clothes on hangers. This is useful for dresses and coats especially, but you can put trousers and dress shirts that you don't want wrinkled.

However, a closet may also refer to any small room or recessed area that is accessed by a door, so it may be used for storage instead of clothes

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/closet#Noun https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/dresser#Noun


So "armario" can be a cupboard or a wardrobe, dresser or closet used for clothing. Wiktionary also says it can be a locker as well and I am betting that it would be the kind of locker that you would put clothes into, such as at a gym.



That's very useful, thank you.


Wordreference can be very useful. Duolingo should accept both American and English translations. If not, you can report it. Just as the same English word can mean different things in different countries, the Spanish words used for a particular item also vary by country as well. So, I often ask "What do you call this?"

  • dresser (chest of drawers) USA = c√≥moda, tocador

  • dresser (sideboard) UK = aparador

http://www.wordreference.com/es/translation.asp? tranword=dresser


To me, a wardrobe or armoire is a free-standing piece of furniture used to store clothing or other items. https://tinyurl.com/y8al38wh

A closet is built-in and part of a house.

clothes closet: https://tinyurl.com/yats8etd or https://tinyurl.com/ybw2von8

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