Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Sunday December 9, 2012
three-month period; term
Spanish el trimestre has a general meaning of a three-month period or quarter — just as semestre refers to a six-month period. In this meaning people often use it when talking about finance and economics. So, they often use trimestre with primer, segundo, tercer and cuarto, and with cada — first, second, third, and fourth, and every.
El paro disminuyó durante el tercer trimestre.
Unemployment decreased during the third quarter.
La empresa se comprometió a pagar cada trimestre cinco millones de dólares más.
The company undertook to pay five million dollars more every quarter.
El trimestre also refers to a traditional university term.
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