[boo l-ring]

Origin of bullring

First recorded in 1600–10; bull1 + ring1
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Historical Examples of bull-ring

  • In the grass there can still be seen the stone to which the bull-ring was secured.

  • The theatre, the bull-ring, the promenade, are all closed for the season.

  • Then my blood began to boil, and I went off like a madman straight to the bull-ring.


    Prosper Merimee

  • Lowington has hauled us up to the bull-ring this time, if he never did before.

    Down the Rhine

    Oliver Optic

  • In both cases he is unlovely, but in the bull-ring he has something magnificent about him.

British Dictionary definitions for bull-ring


  1. an arena for bullfighting
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Word Origin and History for bull-ring

arena for bull fights, c.1600, from bull (n.1) + ring (n.1).

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