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[ban-duh-ree-uh, -reel-yuh; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyah, -yah]
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noun, plural ban·de·ril·las [ban-duh-ree-uh z, -reel-yuh z; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lyahs, -yahs] /ˌbæn dəˈri əz, -ˈril yəz; Spanish ˌbɑn dɛˈri lyɑs, -yɑs/.
  1. an ornamented dart with barbs used by banderilleros for sticking into the neck or shoulder of the bull.
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Origin of banderilla

1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to bander(a) banner + -illa diminutive suffix < Latin
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Related Words for banderilla

pistol, bomb, sword, gun, missile, cannon, rifle, machete, ammunition, firearm, knife, shotgun, revolver, catapult, dagger, spear, bayonet, ax, bludgeon, spike

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Historical Examples of banderilla

  • Nacional, with the banderilla in his hand, attracted the bull to the centre of the plaza.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • And the smile was as a banderilla to her niece's goaded spirit.

    New Faces

    Myra Kelly

  • These touch-and-go experiments form no part of the strict duties of the chulo; his exclusive province is the banderilla.

  • The jaunty insouciance of the young range-rider irritated him as a banderilla goads a bull in the ring.

    Steve Yeager

    William MacLeod Raine

  • Next to them are the banderilleros; and the dart adorned with many colored ribbons is called a banderilla.

British Dictionary definitions for banderilla


  1. bullfighting a decorated barbed dart, thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder
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Word Origin for banderilla

Spanish, literally: a little banner, from bandera banner
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