Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday May 1, 2007

cambio, noun:
change; (small) change; exchange; bureau de change

Cambio is a common word with several meanings. In one meaning, it’s change in general

un brusco cambio de temperatura
a sudden change in temperature

cambio climático
climate change

You can also use cambio in the same way that you use change in English to refer to money:

¿Me das cambio de cien?
Can you give me change of a hundred?

¿Te han dado bien el cambio?
Have they given you the right change?

If you’ve traveled to Spanish-speaking countries you’ll have seen the cambio sign, indicating a bureau de change. The word also refers to the exchange rate:

¿A cuánto está el cambio hoy?
What’s the exchange rate today?


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