[ es-tuh-kah-duh; Spanish es-taw-kah-thah ]

  1. the thrust of the sword by the matador into the bull in the final stage of a bullfight, designed to kill the bull.

Origin of estocada

1570–80; <Spanish <Middle French estoqu(ier) to give sword thrusts (see estoc) + Spanish -ada-ade1

Words Nearby estocada Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use estocada in a sentence

  • They feel the wildness of anger, and they charge and charge again until the estocada, the death stab.

    Spanish Highways and Byways | Katharine Lee Bates