(in bullfighting) a maneuver by a bullfighter with the capa or muleta to gain the attention of the bull and to guide the course of its attack.

Origin of pase

1935–40; < Spanish: literally, a pass, noun use of pase let him pass, 3rd person singular present subjunctive of pasar to pass Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pases

Historical Examples of pases

  • These amateurs talk learnedly upon encierros, suertes, and pases por alto.

    The Story of Seville

    Walter M. Gallichan

  • And all hailed the pases de muleta with enthusiasm, including combatant and wild beast in common approbation.

    The Blood of the Arena

    Vicente Blasco Ibez

British Dictionary definitions for pases



bullfighting a movement of the cape or muleta by a matador to attract the bull's attention and guide its attack

Word Origin for pase

from Spanish, literally: pass
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