[ban-duh-ree-air-oh, -reel-yair-; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lye-raw, -ye-]

noun, plural ban·de·ril·le·ros [ban-duh-ree-air-ohz, -reel-yair-; Spanish bahn-de-ree-lye-raws, -ye-] /ˌbæn də riˈɛər oʊz, -rilˈyɛər-; Spanish ˌbɑn dɛ riˈlyɛ rɔs, -ˈyɛ-/.

a matador's assistant who sticks the banderillas into the bull.

Origin of banderillero

1790–1800; < Spanish, equivalent to banderill(a) banderilla + -ero -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for banderillero

toreador, picador, torero, banderillero, capeador

Examples from the Web for banderillero

Historical Examples of banderillero

  • A banderillero sat on a chair and made the bull charge at him.

    With the Battle Fleet

    Franklin Matthews

  • When the banderillero is awkward, they rain on him with potatoes.

    Romantic Spain

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • The banderillero assented with a nod while awaiting her question.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • One day Carmen sent for the banderillero to come to see her.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

  • The banderillero took the jokes of the swordsman and his manager calmly.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for banderillero


noun plural -ros

a bullfighter's assistant who sticks banderillas into the bull
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