novillero

[noh-vee-air-oh, -vuh l-yair-oh; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raw, -lye-]
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noun, plural no·vi·lle·ros [noh-vee-air-ohz, -vuh l-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.

Nearby words

  1. novgorod,
  2. novi,
  3. novi sad,
  4. novia,
  5. novice,
  6. novio,
  7. novitiate,
  8. novo hamburgo,
  9. novobiocin,
  10. novocain

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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