[tawr-ee-uh-dawr; Spanish taw-re-ah-th awr]


a bullfighter; torero.

Nearby words

  1. torchwood,
  2. torchy,
  3. torchère,
  4. tordesillas,
  5. tore,
  6. toreador fresco, the,
  7. toreador pants,
  8. torelli,
  9. torenia,
  10. torero

Origin of toreador

1610–20; < Spanish, equivalent to torea(r) to bait a bull (derivative of toro bull < Latin taurus) + -dor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for toreador



a bullfighter

Word Origin for toreador

C17: from Spanish, from torear to take part in bullfighting, from toro a bull, from Latin taurus; compare steer ²

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Word Origin and History for toreador



"bullfighter," 1610s, from Spanish toreador, from torear "to fight in a bullfight," from toro "bull," from Latin taurus (see steer (n.)).

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