from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The member of a matador's cuadrilla who is responsible for placing the banderillas during a bullfight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of the cuadrilla who sticks the banderillas in the bull's neck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who thrusts in the banderillas in bullfighting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bull-fighter who uses banderillas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the bullfighter who implants decorated darts (banderillas) into the neck or shoulders of the bull during a bull fight


Spanish, from banderilla, banderilla; see banderilla.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish banderillero (Wiktionary)


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  • But here again the season will have been before you with the glory of those corridas which you have still hoped not to witness but to turn from as an example to the natives before the first horse is disemboweled or the first bull slain, or even the first banderillero tossed over the barrier.

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  • A banderillero was getting ready with two more darts.

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  • Relieved of that burden I tap Hannah on the shoulder and explain what a banderillero does.

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  • But the toro was too quick, and with his left cornupeta caught the The Spaniard 27 banderillero in the seat of the pants, lending him an additional impulse that carried him clear over the tablas, landing him uninjured in the tendidas, where he looked up in surprise to find himself seated among the spectators, who applauded loudly.


  • I learned later that just about the time Mrs Evans and I reached this point in our conversation at the ranch, Veneno, in his room at the House of Tile, was on the telephone to a friend of his, the great banderillero Rolleri, now manager of the ring at San Luis Potosi:


  • Even then, the banderillero took at sixty-five curves that I would have been afraid to take at forty.


  • Diego shrugged as if to say: if I'm to be the banderillero - maybe I knew all along.



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