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

toreador, picador, torero, banderillero, capeador

Examples from the Web for toreador

Historical Examples

  • The toreador has his way with the Spanish dons and seoritas alike.

    A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties

    Charles Major

  • If you should change your mind about using The Toreador, you may telephone me; and I hope you will.

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • Now a toreador, whom he had seen more than once in the arena, strutted past.

  • The toreador chivied the bull round the ring, trying to get it face foremost.

  • The Toreador, followed by the crowd, which includes Morales, departs.

British Dictionary definitions for toreador


  1. a bullfighter
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Word Origin

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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