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 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 Those remarks prompted angry bull breeders to answer that, without the bullfights Asiron could forget about the bull runs. Aritz Parra, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Macho' Spanish bull festival feels heat from #MeToo, animal rights activists," 6 July 2018 More than a million tourists visit the nine-day festival, known for its morning bull runs and afternoon bullfights. Editors, USA TODAY, "U.S.-China trade, 'Ant Man and the Wasp,' World Cup: 5 things you need to know Friday," 6 July 2018 In the 1990s it was known for raising bulls bred for the country’s bullfights and for pastures where cows produced milk sent to nearby towns. New York Times, "In Colombian Death Ranch Case, Some Fear Prosecution Will Be Buried," 8 July 2018 Start by admiring the azulejo tiles and vintage bullfight posters at Casa Cuesta, in operation since 1880. New York Times, "36 Hours in Seville," 14 June 2018 The movie flits between footage of a bullfight, a cockfight and a wrestling match. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "Queer art exhibition explores shaping force of ‘A History of Violence’," 12 June 2018 There was an 18th-century romantic painting of a bullfight by Francisco Goya, who once toiled in the bull ring. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "How a baseball painting launched a culture war | Frank's Place," 25 May 2018 There are also extraordinary Roman ruins, crowned by a 2,000-year-old amphitheater, which is still used for bullfights and concerts. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Arles, France’s Old Arts Mecca, Is Also Its Newest," 1 May 2018

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1788, in the meaning defined above

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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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