bull·​fight | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfīt How to pronounce bullfight (audio) also ˈbəl- \

Definition of bullfight

: a spectacle in which men ceremonially fight with and in Hispanic tradition kill bulls in an arena for public entertainment

Other Words from bullfight

bullfighter \ ˈbu̇l-​ˌfī-​tər How to pronounce bullfight (audio) also  ˈbəl-​ \ noun

Examples of bullfight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The spectators were watching the bullfight in El Espinal, Colombia -- about 100 miles southwest of Bogota -- on Sunday when several stands collapsed, the Tolima Civil Defense told ABC News. ABC News, 26 June 2022 At least six people are dead and hundreds more have been injured after stands collapsed at a bullfight in Colombia over the weekend. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 27 June 2022 At least four people were killed and hundreds more were injured when a section of wooden stands collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia on Sunday. Lorraine Taylor, Fox News, 27 June 2022 Nation/World BOGOTA, Colombia — Part of the wooden stands collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia Sunday, sending spectators plunging to the ground and killing at least four people and injuring hundreds, authorities said. Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2022 At least four people have died and dozens were injured after an accident occurred at the venue of a bullfight in Colombia. ABC News, 26 June 2022 At least six people were killed and more than 200 injured on Sunday when several stands collapsed at a venue holding a bullfight in El Espinal, Colombia. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 26 June 2022 To me, that roar had the moral tone of the crowd at a bullfight. Fay Vincent, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Before the corrida — or bullfight — was over, one of those activists would leap into the ring to scream his defense of the animals. Washington Post, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bullfight

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bullfight was in 1788

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“Bullfight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfight. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for bullfight


bull·​fight | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfīt How to pronounce bullfight (audio) \

Kids Definition of bullfight

: a public entertainment popular especially in Spain in which a person ( bull*fight*er ) displays skill in escaping the charges of a bull and usually finally kills it with a sword

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Nglish: Translation of bullfight for Spanish Speakers


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