[ pik-uh-dawr; Spanish pee-kah-thawr ]
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noun,plural pi·ca·dors, Spanish pi·ca·do·res [pee-kah-thaw-res]. /ˌpi kɑˈðɔ rɛs/.
  1. 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

1790–1800; <Spanish: literally, pricker, equivalent to pic(ar) to prick (see pique1) + -ador<Latin -ātor-ator

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How to use picador in a sentence

  • When the bull withdraws, the picador advances, but only a few steps, so that the battle never takes place in the centre.

  • Sometimes they come to close quarters, a picador is thrown, his horse is wounded, or perhaps killed.

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British Dictionary definitions for picador


/ (ˈpɪkəˌdɔː) /

  1. bullfighting a horseman who pricks the bull with a lance in the early stages of a fight to goad and weaken it

Origin of picador

C18: from Spanish, literally: pricker, from picar to prick; see pique 1

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