mat·​a·​dor | \ ˈma-tə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce matador (audio) \

Definition of matador

: a bullfighter who has the principal role and who kills the bull in a bullfight

Examples of matador in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The late-game woes are no doubt a byproduct of a matador-like defense that has, so far, been the NBA’s worst in the fourth quarter, where the Blazers own a league-worst 122.8 defensive rating. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers aren’t concerned about discouraging start to NBA season. Should they be?," 14 Nov. 2019 This book had matadors, adoptions, nuns, rich Americans, and lots of secrets! Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'The Fountains of Silence' Will Make You Fall in Love With Historical Fiction," 1 Nov. 2019 Bejarano grew up in Mexico, the descendant of four generations of bullfighters, including his father, famed matador Edgar Bejarano. Washington Post, "Lara Spencer apologizes for ridiculing Prince George and ballet, but the damage has been done," 26 Aug. 2019 Following a Bruins giveaway, Jaden Schwartz raced up ice and went around a diffident defensive effort from Marchand, who gave a matador check at his own blue line and headed off the ice for a change. Globe Staff,, "Once again, an imperfect finish for Tuukka Rask," 13 June 2019 Born Sidney Frumkin in an Orthodox Jewish family in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, the matador-to-be often clashed with his traditional father. Josefin Dolsten,, "The life of gay, Jewish bullfighter Sidney Franklin remembered," 4 June 2019 The cantina also functions, strangely enough, as a matador museum. Scarlett Lindeman, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Bars in Mexico City," 27 Feb. 2018 Padilla is one of Spain’s most famous matadors and he has been rewarded and praised for his bullfighting skills. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Famous one-eyed matador scalped by bull in gory video," 10 July 2018 The sheet music is from 1910, and the matadors were added in black marker about 10 years ago. Brooke Porter Katz, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kneeland Co.'s Joanna Williams Wants to Find You a Rare Souvenir," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of matador

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for matador

Spanish, from matar to kill

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The first known use of matador was in 1681

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25 Nov 2019

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“Matador.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of matador

: the person who has the major part in a bullfight and who kills the bull


mat·​a·​dor | \ ˈma-tə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce matador (audio) \

Kids Definition of matador

: a bullfighter who plays the most important human part in a bullfight

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