[ taw-rom-uh-kee ]
/ tɔˈrɒm ə ki /


the art or technique of bullfighting.

Origin of tauromachy

1840–50; (< Spanish tauromaquia) < Greek tauromachía. See tauro-, -machy


tau·ro·ma·chi·an [tawr-uh-mey-kee-uh n] /ˌtɔr əˈmeɪ ki ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for tauromachy

  • On the boards nailed together, that served as a door, was posted a great bill which announced, "School of Tauromachy."

    The Blood of the Arena|Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The further my acquaintance with the ring extended, the more convinced I became that tauromachy will last as long as Spain lasts.

    Romantic Spain|John Augustus O'Shea
  • Gallardo smiled, and asked about the school of tauromachy established by Pescadero near his tavern.

    The Blood of the Arena|Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • If tauromachy will last in Spain as long as Spain lasts, so likewise will those who practise the art he held in honour.

    Romantic Spain|John Augustus O'Shea

British Dictionary definitions for tauromachy

/ (tɔːˈrɒməkɪ) /


the art or act of bullfighting

Derived forms of tauromachy

tauromachian (ˌtɔːrəˈmeɪkɪən), adjective

Word Origin for tauromachy

C19: Greek tauromakhia, from tauro- + makhē fight
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