Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “spade”

See all translations

spade

noun uk   /speɪd/ us  

spade noun (TOOL)

C2 [C] a tool used for digging especially soil or sand, with a long handle and a flat blade: a garden spade The kids took their buckets and spades to the beach.

spade noun (CARD)

spades [plural or U] one of the four suits in playing cards, which has one or more black symbols like a pointed leaf with a short stem: the ace/queen of spades [C] a playing card from the suit of spades: Don't you have any spades?

spade noun (PERSON)

[C] offensive old-fashioned an offensive word for a black person
Idioms
Translations of “spade”
in Korean 삽…
in Arabic رَفْش…
in French bêche, pelle…
in Turkish bel, bahçıvan beli/küreği…
in Italian vanga…
in Chinese (Traditional) 工具, 鏟,鍬…
in Russian лопата…
in Polish łopata…
in Spanish pala…
in Portuguese pá para cavar…
in German der Spaten…
in Catalan pala…
in Japanese (土を掘る)すき, シャベル…
in Chinese (Simplified) 工具, 铲,锹…
(Definition of spade from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of spade?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “spade” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More