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novillero

[ noh-vee-air-oh, -vuhl-yair-oh; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raw, -lye- ]
/ ˌnoʊ viˈɛər oʊ, -vəlˈyɛər oʊ; Spanish ˌnɔ viˈyɛ rɔ, -ˈlyɛ- /
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noun, plural no·vi·lle·ros [noh-vee-air-ohz, -vuhl-yair-ohz; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raws, -lye-]. /ˌnoʊ viˈɛər oʊz, -vəlˈyɛər oʊz; Spanish ˌnɔ viˈyɛ rɔs, -ˈlyɛ-/.

a young bullfighter who has not yet been named a matador.

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Origin of novillero

1920–25; <Spanish, equivalent to novill(o) a fighting bull less than three years old (<Latin novellus;see novel2) + -ero (<Latin -ārius-ary); such bulls are typically fought by novice bullfighters

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