tercio

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English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

tercio (plural tercios)

  1. (bullfighting) Any of the three stages of a bullfight: the vara, the banderilla and finally the death.
  2. (military) A mutually supportive infantry formation made up of pikemen, swordsmen and arquebusiers or musketeers.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin tertius.

Adjective[edit]

tercio (feminine singular tercia, masculine plural tercios, feminine plural tercias)

  1. third

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is used to express the denominator of a fraction:
Un tercio del total de la población sufre de obesidad.
The third [part] of the population is obese.
  • The adjective tercero can also be used in this sense, but it should be accompanied by an auxiliary noun such as parte:
Me comí la tercera parte del pastel.
I ate the third part of the cake.

Noun[edit]

tercio m (plural tercios)

  1. third
  2. (bullfighting) tercio

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Verb[edit]

tercio

  1. First-person singular (yo) present indicative form of terciar.