bullfight

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

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

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The cattle is then killed during afternoon bullfights, a final act animal advocates fiercely oppose. BostonGlobe.com, "Big Number: Bullfight," 12 July 2019 The bulls mainly stayed on course behind the steers which guide them through the narrow, twisting streets to Pamplona's bullring, where the bulls will be killed in bullfights later in the day. NBC News, "One gored, 5 more hurt in running of bulls during San Fermin festival in Pamplona," 11 July 2019 The nine-day San Fermin fiesta, where the bulls are run every morning and killed in afternoon bullfights, draws around one million visitors annually. Washington Post, "2 runners gored racing with bulls at Pamplona’s festival," 8 July 2019 During its nine-day run, six bulls run each morning in the city's narrow streets, then are killed in afternoon bullfights. Fox News, "Running of the bulls leads to at least 5 gored on first day of Pamplona, Spain, festival," 8 July 2019 During the nine-day San Fermin fiesta, six bulls are run every morning in the city's narrow streets and then killed in afternoon bullfights. Anchorage Daily News, "3 runners gored racing with bulls at Pamplona’s festival," 7 July 2019 The nine-day San Fermin fiesta, where six bulls are run every morning in the city's narrow streets before being killed in afternoon bullfights, draws around 1 million visitors annually, including many from the United States. Cincinnati.com, "Florence, Kentucky man gored in the thigh in Pamplona bull run," 7 July 2019 Popular television-viewing includes bullfights and soccer games, and Spanish interpretations of soaps and silly game shows. Rick Steves, USA TODAY, "Tapas 101: Rick Steves' guide to eating adventurously, authentically and affordably in Spain," 17 June 2019 The walls above them are hung with art collected on trips throughout France, including a 1950s poster for an Arles bullfight and a coastal arazzo from Villefranche-sur-mer. Chiara Barzini, New York Times, "The Secret Atelier Behind a Roman Boutique," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of bullfight

1788, in the meaning defined above

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bullfight

noun

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

bullfight

noun
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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