Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday October 12, 2011

imagen, noun:
image, picture

Imagen has very much the same range of application as its English cousin image.
It can be used literally to refer to a physical image or picture:

las imágenes del accidente
the images or pictures of the accident

And as all designers and presenters know:

Una imagen vale más que mil palabras.
A picture is worth a thousand words.

(Remember that in Spanish the phrase is, word for word, more than a thousand words.)
Like English, imagen can refer by extension to the mental image or picture you have of someone:

Tenía otra imagen de ti.
I had a different image of you.

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