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[poon-tee-air-oh; Spanish poon-tee-lye-raw, -ye-] /ˌpun tiˈɛər oʊ; Spanish ˌpun tiˈlyɛ rɔ, -ˈyɛ-/
noun, plural puntilleros
[poon-tee-air-ohz; Spanish poon-tee-lye-raws, -ye-] /ˌpun tiˈɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌpun tiˈlyɛ rɔs, -ˈyɛ-/ (Show IPA)
(in bullfighting) a worker, or assistant, who gives the coup de grâce to the fallen bull with a puntilla.
Origin of puntillero
1905-10; < Spanish, equivalent to puntill(a) puntilla + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The puntillero came up eager to finish him and get the maestro out of his embarrassing position.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez

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