bull·​fight·​ing | \ ˈbu̇l-ˌfī-tiŋ How to pronounce bullfighting (audio) also ˈbəl- \

Definition of bullfighting

: the action involved in a bullfight

Examples of bullfighting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cattle herders at the time found that hurrying the beasts through the streets was an efficient way to move livestock from fields or barges to the market—or the bullfighting ring. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2021 The two dash through expensive-looking sequences set in glitzy museums, a bullfighting ring, and the deep South American jungle. David Sims, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2021 Spanish bullfighting, medieval tournament culture, jousting, Catherine de’ Medici, Martin Luther, Machiavelli, the Protestant Reformation. Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 His stories and novels—about hunting and fishing, bullfighting and battle-fighting—fused him with his characters in the public imagination. The Economist, 7 Apr. 2021 It’s that self-mythologizing which gets in the way: the safaris, the bullfighting (the bull-slinging, too), the obsession with violence and death, the almost-parodic machismo. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Mar. 2021 Extensive bullfighting memorabilia adorns Mr. Renk’s walls. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 As his bullfighting career wound down, Franklin managed a cafe in Seville. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, 4 June 2019 Alvarez, 46, however, was caught off guard in the bullfighting plaza by the stray animal, who came charging at him and aggressively drove its horn into the California native’s neck and cheek. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2019 See More

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First Known Use of bullfighting

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Bullfighting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfighting. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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