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[boo l-ring] /ˈbʊlˌrɪŋ/
an arena for a bullfight.
Origin of bullring
First recorded in 1600-10; bull1 + ring1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for bull-ring
Historical Examples
  • In the grass there can still be seen the stone to which the bull-ring was secured.

  • The theatre, the bull-ring, the promenade, are all closed for the season.

  • Then my blood began to boil, and I went off like a madman straight to the bull-ring.

    Carmen Prosper Merimee
  • Lowington has hauled us up to the bull-ring this time, if he never did before.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • In both cases he is unlovely, but in the bull-ring he has something magnificent about him.

    In Court and Kampong Hugh Clifford
  • The bull-ring of the capital will seat eighteen thousand spectators.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • For a while, that bull-ring was the most thrilling and glorious and inspiring sight that ever was seen.

    A Horse's Tale Mark Twain
  • Their conversation was restricted to the bull-ring and the cockpit, to cards and women.

  • Meanwhile the bull-ring had been requisitioned and turned into a theatre.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • The poor man will sell his shirt to buy a ticket for the bull-ring.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for bull-ring


an arena for bullfighting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bull-ring

arena for bull fights, c.1600, from bull (n.1) + ring (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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