Tip 54. The meanings of cara

As in Spanish, the word cara can mean “face”. However, in Brazil it also means “guy” (tipo in Spanish). But here’s the trick. When cara means “face” as in “what a pretty face,” it is feminine, a cara. When it is used to mean ”guy” it is masculine, o cara.

Note that this usage is strictly Brazilian; Portuguese speakers from Portugal and Africa don’t use cara this way.

Example:
English: That guy doesn’t know anything.
Spanish: Ese tipo no sabe nada.
Portuguese: Esse cara não sabe nada.