ban·​de·​ri·​lle·​ro ˌban-də-(ˌ)rē(l)-ˈyer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce banderillero (audio)
plural banderilleros
: a person who thrusts in the banderillas in a bullfight

Examples of banderillero in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Or Ernesto Sobrino, a Spanish bullfighter performing as a banderillero, one of the old men of the ring whose high-risk vocation is to make the bullfighter look good. Roger Lowenstein, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2020

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Word History


borrowed from Spanish, from banderilla banderilla + -ero, going back to Latin -ārius -er entry 2

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of banderillero was in 1789

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“Banderillero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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