cinturón – belt
seen-too-RONE; sustantivo masculino
Ella compró un cinturón de cuero blanco.
She bought a white leather belt.
Julián prefiere los cinturones anchos.
Julián prefers wide belts.
cinto – belt
SEEN-toe; sustantivo masculino
Sara busca un cinto nuevo en el mercado.
Sara looks for a new belt in the market.
Su papá usó su cinto para castigarlo.
His father used his belt to punish him.
Cinturón and cinto have the same meaning, but the preferred usage varies from country to country. Cinto is preferred in northern Mexico, but cinturón predominates in the south. Where one term prevails, locals think the other term sounds antiquated. If you choose one, the person you address will surely say that the other is more correct. C’est la vie!