from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
- n. Games One of the highest trumps in certain card games.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The person whose aim is to kill the bull in a bullfight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The killer; the man appointed to kill the bull in bullfights; a bullfighter; a toreador.
- n. In the game of quadrille or omber, the three principal trumps, the ace of spades being the first, the ace of clubs the third, and the second being the deuce of a black trump or the seven of a red one.
- n. The jack of clubs, or any other trump held in sequence with it, whether by the player or by his adversaries.
- n. A certain game of dominoes in which four dominoes (the 4-3, 5-2, 6-1, and double blank), called matadors, may be played at any time in any way.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A killer; specifically, the man appointed to kill the bull in bull-fights.
- n. One of the three principal cards in the games of omber and quadrille.
- n. In the game of solo, the spadella, manilla, or basta (which three are known as the higher matadors), and, if these are all obtained by one side, any one of all lower cards held in uninterrupted sequence in one hand: the latter are known as lower matadors.
- n. In skat, every trump in unbroken sequence with The highest trump, if in the same player's hand or on the same side as the highest trump. See skat.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bull
The target for the matador is a small soft spot at the base of the bull's hump, where the sword can penetrate directly to the heart of the bull, dropping him like a rock.
In front of the matador is a half-ton of wild, killing animal, unlikely to stay still while the hated man, stripped now of the concealing muleta or capote, is open to a direct, or even an indirect attack.
One of the basic passes of a matador is called the
The performance of a matador is usually judged by the gracefulness of his movements, his tranquillity in the face of danger, and the extent to which he puts himself in danger.
Peter says, "The resemblance between Brody and the matador is really amazing!"
The resemblance between Brody and the matador is really amazing!
The lead or senior matador is Pedro de Parilla, nicknamed El Tapatio because his home town is Guadalajara.
The matador is a handsome but heavy-looking man, though said to be active and skilful.
The Spanish word matador comes from matar, to kill.
But a matador is a man who fights bulls, no matter how they knock him about, so once more I approached my bull, and this time I kept my left hand far out, my right close to my le& and the bull dove straight for the extended cloth, passing me by a matter of inches.