Definitions

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

  • noun A horseman in a bullfight who lances the bull's neck muscles so that it will tend to keep its head low for the later stages of the fight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In bull-fighting, one of the horsemen armed with a lance who commence the combat in the arena by pricking the bull to madness with their weapons, but purposely avoid disabling him.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A horseman armed with a lance, who in a bullfight receives the first attack of the bull, and excites him by picking him without attempting to kill him.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun bullfighting A lancer mounted on horseback who assists a matador.

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

  • noun the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low

Etymologies

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

[Spanish, from picar, to prick; see picaro.]

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Spanish picador ("stinger")

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  • phrase heard on the Monte hall show

    October 13, 2007