Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday November 14, 2008

arriba, adverb:
above; upstairs

Arriba is the opposite of abajo, which has already been a Word of the Day. Its more general meaning is above:

Los platos y las tazas están arriba.
The plates and the cups are above.

The phrase desde arriba means from above:

Visto desde arriba parece más pequeño.
Seen from above it looks smaller.

You also use arriba to talk about things or people who are upstairs from where you are. You can use it to talk about the same house as you:

Los dormitorios están arriba.
The bedrooms are upstairs.

or about the same building:

los vecinos de arriba
our upstairs neighbours

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