- the principal bullfighter in a bullfight who passes the bull with a muleta and then, in many countries, kills it with a sword thrust; a torero.
- one of the principal cards in skat and certain other games.
- (initial capital letter) a jet-powered U.S. surface-to-surface missile.
Origin of matador
Examples from the Web for matador
Contemporary Examples of matador
The North Dakota native is the fourth of seven children raised in the small town of Matador, pop.Never Bet Against Senator Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota’s Rising Star
January 23, 2014
It's a snap of the matador's red cape, a defiant baiting of Fox News and talk radio.Obama's Fighting Speech - Part 2
January 21, 2013
A representative from her label, Matador Records, confirmed that nothing has been canceled.Cat Power Announces Possible Tour Cancellation, Bankruptcy
November 2, 2012
Gerard Cosloy, who would sign the band to his Matador Records years later, criticized their early shows.
Yo La Tengo was one of those bands, eventually signing to tastemaker Matador Records.
Historical Examples of matador
There were several Italian peasants, a Cavalier, a Roundhead, and a matador.The New Girl at St. Chad's
No matador in all Spain could have performed the feat more cleverly.The Desert Home
I prayed that the matador had met with a similar interruption!The War Trail
It was Isabella who first saw the matador, and uttered an exclamation.The Pretty Sister Of Jos
Frances Hodgson Burnett
The matador of the fourth bull made an exceedingly bad thrust.Poor Folk in Spain
- the principal bullfighter who is appointed to kill the bull
- (in some card games such as skat) one of the highest ranking cards
- a game played with dominoes in which the dots on adjacent halves must total seven
Word Origin for matador
man who kills the bull in a bullfight, 1670s, from Spanish matador, literally "killer," from matar "to kill or wound," probably from Arabic mata "he died," from Persian (see second element in checkmate). Fem. form is matadora.