- one of the mounted assistants to a matador, who opens the bullfight by enraging the bull and weakening its shoulder muscles with a lance.
Origin of picador
Examples from the Web for picador
Published by Picador, the book is set for an October 2014 release.Isabel Marant Lands at H&M; Burberry Breaks $1 Billion
The Fashion Beast Team
November 14, 2013
Like a picador, he takes his time to sap the strength of his foes before clubbing them unconscious.Vitali Klitschko Contemplates Bowing Out of the Ring and Entering Ukrainian Politics
March 26, 2013
I asked Carmen how and why she had made the picador's acquaintance.Carmen
He flinches with the pain, and the picador skips out of danger.A Horse's Tale
A dozen men rushed to the rescue and dragged the picador away.On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
The picador himself is not in great danger, for his trousers are armour plated.Poor Folk in Spain
The picador received him on the point of his lance, and turned him off.
- bullfighting a horseman who pricks the bull with a lance in the early stages of a fight to goad and weaken it
Word Origin and History for picador
1797, from Spanish picador, literally "pricker," from picar "to pierce," from Vulgar Latin *piccare "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). He pricks the bull with a lance to provoke it.