ban·​de·​ri·​lle·​ro | \ ˌban-də-(ˌ)rē(l)-ˈyer-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce banderillero (audio) \
plural banderilleros

Definition of banderillero

: 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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First Known Use of banderillero

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for banderillero

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

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The first known use of banderillero was in 1789

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18 May 2021

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“Banderillero.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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