It means work, or works. Here are some examples of its use:
When you're referring to a work of art, you say una obra de arte. You can say in Spanish, similar to English that things are beautiful in the same way:
- Este edificio es una obra de arte.
This building is a work of art.
- Obra maestra.
An artist life's work
- Me encanta la obra de Picasso.
I love the work of Picasso.
It can also refer to a good deed:
- Fue una buena obra ayudar a esa mujer con la compra.
It was a good deed to help that woman with her shopping.
One of the important meanings of obra is in relation to a construction job or 'works'.
- Al lado de mi casa están de obras
They are doing works near my house.
- Manos a la obra
Get on with it/all hands on deck
This word of the day has been contributed by LAE Madrid, the leading Spanish academy in Madrid. Accredited by the Insitituto Cervantes, it offers Spanish courses for all levels and also has Spanish classes for kids and families.