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

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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 The Liga MX soccer playoffs can have a sort of bull and matador feel, with dramatic goals and wild momentum swings, with end-to-end action and 5-4 scores. Mark Zeigler,, "Xolos face top-seeded Toluca in Liga MX semis," 9 May 2018 In a final that will be remembered for Zinedine Zidane's rendition of a frenzied bull taking on a matador's red rag, Materazzi leveled after Zidane himself gave France a seventh minute lead., "World Cup Countdown: 3 Weeks To Go - When Italy Ruled in 2006 in the Face of Domestic Turmoil," 4 June 2018 The label seems to have a matador on it, which is odd since the toothpaste is from France. Nick Marino, GQ, "The Best European Toothpastes Will Give Your Teeth a Vacation," 15 June 2018 Guests like Princess Caroline of Monaco, Jean Pigozzi, and Nacho Figueras dressed as everything from Fred Flintstone to Cher to matadors to, in Figueras's case, Batman. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Julio Santo Domingo and Nieves Zuberbühler Had a Halloween-Themed Wedding," 1 Nov. 2016 And the rakish glamour of the Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus, where the matadors once toasted their victories and Helmut Newton immortalized a young Charlotte Rampling—nude but for high heels and a wine glass—reclining on a desk. Stephen Heyman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Arles, France’s Old Arts Mecca, Is Also Its Newest," 1 May 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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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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