mu·​le·​ta mü-ˈlā-tə How to pronounce muleta (audio)
: a small cloth attached to a short tapered stick and used by a matador in place of the large cape during the final stage of a bullfight

Examples of muleta in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Would a toreador be insulted when the bull responds to the muleta? Leah Garchik,, 19 June 2019

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Word History


Spanish, crutch, muleta, diminutive of mula she-mule, from Latin, feminine of mulus mule

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of muleta was in 1791

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“Muleta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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