bullfight

[boo l-fahyt]
noun
  1. a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, in a prescribed way in an arena and is usually killed.

Origin of bullfight

First recorded in 1745–55; bull1 + fight
Related formsbull·fight·ing, noun
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Examples from the Web for bullfight

Contemporary Examples of bullfight

Historical Examples of bullfight

  • Every day there is a bullfight, and at night there are concerts, dance and art shows, and plays.

  • The "theayter," to Quinton, was as pernicious as a bullfight would have been to a Puritan.

    Janet of the Dunes

    Harriet T. Comstock

  • Joe Grassie has been gettin' up a bullfight and a kind of a show.

    The Eagle's Heart

    Hamlin Garland

  • We took our first dose of bullfight in this place for a reason.

  • Let one bull poach on another one's preserve and there is a bullfight then and there.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen


British Dictionary definitions for bullfight

bullfight

noun
  1. a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American spectacle in which a matador, assisted by banderilleros and mounted picadors, baits and usually kills a bull in an arena
Derived Formsbullfighter, nounbullfighting, noun
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