[tawr-ee-uh-dawr; Spanish taw-re-ah-th awr]
- a bullfighter; torero.
Origin of toreador
1610–20; < Spanish, equivalent to torea(r) to bait a bull (derivative of toro bull < Latin taurus) + -dor -tor
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Examples from the Web for toreador
The toreador has his way with the Spanish dons and seoritas alike.
If you should change your mind about using The Toreador, you may telephone me; and I hope you will.Shorty McCabe
Now a toreador, whom he had seen more than once in the arena, strutted past.A Word Only A Word, Complete
The toreador chivied the bull round the ring, trying to get it face foremost.Poor Folk in Spain
The Toreador, followed by the crowd, which includes Morales, departs.The Complete Opera Book
- a bullfighter
C17: from Spanish, from torear to take part in bullfighting, from toro a bull, from Latin taurus; compare steer ²
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Word Origin and History for toreador
"bullfighter," 1610s, from Spanish toreador, from torear "to fight in a bullfight," from toro "bull," from Latin taurus (see steer (n.)).
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