1. the final third of a bullfight in which the matador uses a muleta and the sword in making the final series of passes preparatory to the kill.

Origin of faena

1925–30; < Spanish: literally, task < Catalan < Latin facienda, neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of faciendum what is to be done, gerund of facere to do, make; cf. hacienda
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  1. bullfighting the matador's final series of passes with sword and cape before the kill

Word Origin for faena

literally: task, from obsolete Catalan (modern feina), from Latin facienda things to be done, from facere to do
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