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[boo l-fahyt] /ˈbʊlˌfaɪt/
a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, in a prescribed way in an arena and is usually killed.
Origin of bullfight
First recorded in 1745-55; bull1 + fight
Related forms
bullfighting, noun Unabridged
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  • Every day there is a bullfight, and at night there are concerts, dance and art shows, and plays.

  • The "theayter," to Quinton, was as pernicious as a bullfight would have been to a Puritan.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock
  • Joe Grassie has been gettin' up a bullfight and a kind of a show.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • We took our first dose of bullfight in this place for a reason.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Let one bull poach on another one's preserve and there is a bullfight then and there.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • It is the same feeling which crowds the benches at a bullfight in Spain.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for bullfight


a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American spectacle in which a matador, assisted by banderilleros and mounted picadors, baits and usually kills a bull in an arena
Derived Forms
bullfighter, noun
bullfighting, noun
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