faena

noun
fa·​e·​na | \ fä-ˈā-(ˌ)nä How to pronounce faena (audio) \

Definition of faena

: a series of final passes leading to the kill made by the matador in a bullfight

First Known Use of faena

1927, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for faena

Spanish, literally, task, from obsolete Catal, from Latin facienda things to be done, from facere to do — more at do

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“Faena.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/faena. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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