bull·​fight·​ing ˈbu̇l-ˌfī-tiŋ How to pronounce bullfighting (audio)
 also  ˈbəl-
: the action involved in a bullfight

Examples of bullfighting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Botero decided at age 14 to dedicate his life to the arts, after managing to sell some sketches of bullfights to fans outside the city's bullfighting arena. Manuel Rueda The Associated Press, Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2023 In a self-portrait, Mr. Botero depicted himself as a painter dressed in full bullfighting regalia. Tim Johnson, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 One of the biggest questions facing Torera and director/choreographer Tatiana Pandiani was how to depict bullfighting onstage. Chris Vognar, Chron, 17 May 2023 If your knowledge of bullfighting extends only to Hemingway, or perhaps to Ferdinand, Alley Theatre might have just the production for you. Chris Vognar, Chron, 17 May 2023 Jeremiah references Lamborghini specifically because the company names its car models after bulls who have been victorious over matadors in the tradition of Spanish bullfighting. Dallas News, 8 Feb. 2022 Other animals, such as bulls, steers, cows and calves, died during events including bull riding, steer wrestling, wild cow milking, bareback competition, bullfighting, stampede, wild horse racing, and calf roping. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2022 Unlike in traditional Spanish bullfighting, the bulls are not ordinarily killed in a corraleja, and spectators are invited to run around with the animal still in the ring. Diana Durán, Washington Post, 26 June 2022 The ethics surrounding bullfighting, which involves killing the bull at the end of the contest, has come into question in recent years. ABC News, 26 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bullfighting was circa 1753

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“Bullfighting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bullfighting. Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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