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[tuh-rair-oh; Spanish taw-re-raw] /təˈrɛər oʊ; Spanish tɔˈrɛ rɔ/
noun, plural toreros
[tuh-rair-ohz; Spanish taw-re-raws] /təˈrɛər oʊz; Spanish tɔˈrɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
a bullfighter, especially a matador.
Origin of torero
1720-30; < Spanish, equivalent to tor(o) bull (< Latin taurus) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
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  • He liked bull-fighting and he became a torero at twenty-four, just as he might have chosen any other trade.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • 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
  • 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
  • The torero was to realize his desire of building a house for his mother.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • But whether a man is muletero, vaquero, or torero, what matters it?

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
  • He was the perfect and characteristic type of a torero, such as Spanish fancy has always imagined it.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
  • For no matter how brave a torero may be, it is never certain that he will come out of the arena alive.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
  • They found the Gaditanos raving of a torero who performed prodigies of skill and courage.

  • To their wives is due much of the making and all the keeping up of the elaborate and costly dress of the torero.

    Spanish Life in Town and Country L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
British Dictionary definitions for torero


noun (pl) -ros
a bullfighter, esp one who fights on foot
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from Late Latin taurārius, from Latin taurus a bull
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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