Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A bullfighter restricted by professional rules to engaging bulls less than four years of age.

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  • noun a bullfighter who is required to fight bulls less than four years of age

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, from novillo, young bull; see novillada.]

Examples

  • But the "novillero" lost his footing while facing the second bull and was knocked around the sand by the 848-pound (385-kilogramme) animal.

    RIA Novosti

  • But the "novillero" lost his footing while facing the second bull and was knocked around the sand by the 385kg animal.

    IOL: News

  • What comes next is the matador and he approaches with his tight-assed, pouter-pigeon walk, flaunting his coleto, the pigtail that is the professional mark of a torero who has taken his alternativa and is no longer a novillero.

    There is no such thing as a bullfight

  • What comes next is the matador and he approaches with his tight-assed, pouter-pigeon walk, flaunting his coleto, the pigtail that is the professional mark of a torero who has taken his alternativa and is no longer a novillero.

    There is no such thing as a bullfight

  • “A novillero,” I tell Hannah, “is an amateur who hopes one day to be confirmed as a matador.”

    The Making of Toro

  • Her companion shook his head in disappointment, and once we were moving again I introduced myself and asked if he was a novillero, too.

    The Making of Toro

  • “A novillero,” I tell Hannah, “is an amateur who hopes one day to be confirmed as a matador.”

    The Making of Toro

  • Her companion shook his head in disappointment, and once we were moving again I introduced myself and asked if he was a novillero, too.

    The Making of Toro

  • Dropping his real last name of Short because Mexicans couldn't pronounce it properly, he began to fight up along the border as a novillero.

    Bullfighting in Mexico: The conquest of fear, Latino style

  • From Philadelphia, Fulton was working as a novillero, hoping someday to become a full-fledged matador.

    Bullfighting in Mexico: The conquest of fear, Latino style

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