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barrera

[buh-rair-uh; Spanish bahr-re-rah]
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noun, plural bar·re·ras [buh-rair-uh z; Spanish bahr-re-rahs] /bəˈrɛər əz; Spanish bɑrˈrɛ rɑs/.
  1. the wall, usually a red wooden fence, bordering a bullring.
  2. the first row of seats in a bullfight arena.

Origin of barrera

1920–25; < Spanish: barrier, equivalent to barr(a) bar1 + -eraLatin -āria -ary
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Historical Examples

  • Bulls frequently leap the barrera of the arena, although the height is over five feet.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • During a great part of the bull-fight Gallardo remained on the vaulting wall of the barrera.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The barrera is the enclosure of stout planks, strengthened by posts, which separates the performers from the spectators.

    The Pictureque Antiquities of Spain;

    Nathaniel Armstrong Wells