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[noh-vee-air-oh, -vuh l-yair-oh; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raw, -lye-] /ˌnoʊ viˈɛər oʊ, -vəlˈyɛər oʊ; Spanish ˌnɔ viˈyɛ rɔ, -ˈlyɛ-/
noun, plural novilleros
[noh-vee-air-ohz, -vuh l-yair-ohz; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raws, -lye-] /ˌnoʊ viˈɛər oʊz, -vəlˈyɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌnɔ viˈyɛ rɔs, -ˈlyɛ-/ (Show IPA)
a young bullfighter who has not yet been named a matador.
Origin of novillero
1920-25; < Spanish, equivalent to novill(o) a fighting bull less than three years old (< Latin novellus; see novel2) + -ero (< Latin -ārius -ary); such bulls are typically fought by novice bullfighters Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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