[ban-duh-ree-uh, -reel-yuh; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyah, -yah]
- an ornamented dart with barbs used by banderilleros for sticking into the neck or shoulder of the bull.
Origin of banderilla
1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to bander(a) banner + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin
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Examples from the Web for banderilla
Nacional, with the banderilla in his hand, attracted the bull to the centre of the plaza.The Blood of the Arena
Vicente Blasco Ibez
And the smile was as a banderilla to her niece's goaded spirit.New Faces
These touch-and-go experiments form no part of the strict duties of the chulo; his exclusive province is the banderilla.
The jaunty insouciance of the young range-rider irritated him as a banderilla goads a bull in the ring.Steve Yeager
William MacLeod Raine
Next to them are the banderilleros; and the dart adorned with many colored ribbons is called a banderilla.
- bullfighting a decorated barbed dart, thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder
Spanish, literally: a little banner, from bandera banner
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