toreador

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

toreador, picador, torero, banderillero, capeador

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British Dictionary definitions for toreador

toreador

noun
  1. 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
n.

"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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