American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A public spectacle, performed especially in Spain, Portugal, and parts of Latin America, in which a fighting bull is engaged in a series of traditional maneuvers culminating usually with the ceremonial execution of the bull by sword. In Portugal the bull is often fought from horseback and is not killed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A combat between men and a bull or bulls: a popular amusement among the Spaniards and Portuguese. A horseman, called a toreador or picador, attacks a bull in a closed arena, irritating him, but avoiding his attack. After the bull has been tormented a long time the horseman leaves him, and persons on foot, called
chulosand banderilleros, attack him and plunge darts into him. Finally the sport is ended with the death of the bull by the sword of a matador.
- n. A public spectacle, in Spain and some other Latin countries, in which a person baits and often kills a bull.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a sport of great antiquity, in which men torment, and fight with, a bull or bulls in an arena, for public amusement, -- still popular in Spain, Portugal and Latin American. In the Spanish version a matador kills the bull with a sword after the bull has been weakened by wounds from small barbed rods, and after he has displayed courage and artistic skill in causing the bull to charge many times while he stands still or nearly still. In some versions the bull is not killed. Occasionally the matador is wounded or killed by the bull.
- n. a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
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“A bullfight is generally referred to as a “corrida de toros” (the running of the bulls).”
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