- the final third of a bullfight in which the matador uses a muleta and the sword in making the final series of passes preparatory to the kill.
Origin of faena
1925–30; < Spanish: literally, task < Catalan < Latin facienda, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of faciendum what is to be done, gerund of facere to do, make; cf. hacienda
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Examples from the Web for faena
“The country has reached a certain level of maturity and is ready to go out and mix with the rest of the world,” says Faena.A Soccer Star, a Queen, and Now a Pope! Argentina’s Having a Very, Very Big Year
March 14, 2013
There is the faena to go through first—a series of passes with the scarlet flag.
- bullfighting the matador's final series of passes with sword and cape before the kill
literally: task, from obsolete Catalan (modern feina), from Latin facienda things to be done, from facere to do
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