[ tawr-ee-uh-dawr; Spanish taw-re-ah-thawr ]
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  1. a bullfighter; torero.

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Origin of toreador

1610–20; <Spanish, equivalent to torea(r) to bait a bull (derivative of toro bull <Latin taurus) + -dor-tor

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How to use toreador in a sentence

  • At last the mock bull amiably presented himself to be killed and the victorious toreador retired amid great applause.

    The Four Corners Abroad | Amy Ella Blanchard
  • Winn set himself against him with the dogged fury of a bull against a toreador.

    The Dark Tower | Phyllis Bottome
  • When Frederick and his friends entered, a woman and a slim toreador were dancing.

    Atlantis | Gerhart Hauptmann
  • A little nod of Consuelo's round black-and-red toreador hat or a kiss tossed from her riding-whip was reward enough!

  • But when I looked again, she had a hairpin between her white teeth and was carefully adjusting her toreador hat.

British Dictionary definitions for toreador


/ (ˈtɒrɪəˌdɔː) /

  1. a bullfighter

Origin of 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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