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

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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 In the Afternoon, his sprawling, hybrid book about the bullfight, was my Hemingway text. James Parker, The Atlantic, 2 Apr. 2021 The festivities ended a week later with a lavish bullfight given in the couple’s honor. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 28 May 2020 Pay respect to the brave souls before you who have cut their own bangs, like a matador praying before a bullfight. Jiji Lee, The New Yorker, 16 Apr. 2020 But the draw of that first bullfight stuck with him. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 The bullfights, the bars, the fisticuffs, and the general dissolution in The Sun Also Rises were never the stuff of a fevered imagination, in other words, but instead were based on terribly specific circumstances in the writer’s life. Heather Wilhelm, National Review, 6 Feb. 2020 Elements of a Bullfight A traditional bullfight consists of three parts. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 Folded on a chair, as if ready to be worn, is an intricately beaded and embroidered electric-blue bullfight costume from the Mestizo ethnic group. Necee Regis, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2020 Dozens of half-naked protesters lay on the street with fake spears jutting from their backs on the eve of the Spanish festival of San Fermin on Friday, in a recreation of the technique used to weaken bulls in a bullfight. Reuters, The Mercury News, 5 July 2019

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Bullfight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfight. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bullfight

: an event that is popular especially in Spain in which a person fights with and usually kills a bull for public entertainment


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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