pic·​a·​dor ˈpi-kə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce picador (audio)
plural picadors ˈpi-kə-ˌdȯrz How to pronounce picador (audio)
or picadores ˌpi-kə-ˈdȯr-ēz How to pronounce picador (audio)
: a horseman in a bullfight who jabs the bull with a lance to weaken its neck and shoulder muscles

Examples of picador in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is some merit in both views, and few people on either side will miss Mr. Trump’s wandering ruminations and his jousts with his media picadors. Conrad Black, National Review, 28 Apr. 2020

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Word History


Spanish, from picar to prick, from Vulgar Latin *piccare — more at pike

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of picador was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Picador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picador. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


pic·​a·​dor ˈpik-ə-ˌdȯ(ə)r How to pronounce picador (audio)
plural picadors -ˌdȯ(ə)rz How to pronounce picador (audio) or picadores ˌpik-ə-ˈdōr-ēz How to pronounce picador (audio)
: a rider on horseback in a bullfight who jabs the bull with a lance

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