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torero

[tuh-rair-oh; Spanish taw-re-raw]
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noun, plural to·re·ros [tuh-rair-ohz; Spanish taw-re-raws] /təˈrɛər oʊz; Spanish tɔˈrɛ rɔs/.
  1. a bullfighter, especially a matador.

Origin of torero

1720–30; < Spanish, equivalent to tor(o) bull (< Latin taurus) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary
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Examples from the Web for torero

Historical Examples

  • When the tournament was ended, and we were hauled back to the river-side, the torero was not with us.

    The Scalp Hunters

    Mayne Reid

  • The torero was to realize his desire of building a house for his mother.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • Montes introduced the modern style in the art of the torero.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • Only a year ago she sent a wreath to the funeral of Frascuelo, the torero.

    Spanish Highways and Byways

    Katharine Lee Bates

  • But whether a man is muletero, vaquero, or torero, what matters it?

    Wide Courses

    James Brendan Connolly


British Dictionary definitions for torero

torero

noun plural -ros
  1. a bullfighter, esp one who fights on foot

Word Origin

C18: from Spanish, from Late Latin taurārius, from Latin taurus a bull
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