pic·​a·​dor | \ ˈpi-kə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce picador (audio) , ˌpi-kə-ˈdȯr \
plural picadors\ ˈpi-​kə-​ˌdȯrz How to pronounce picadors (audio) , ˌpi-​kə-​ˈdȯrz \ or picadores\ ˌpi-​kə-​ˈdȯr-​ēz How to pronounce picadores (audio) \

Definition of picador

: 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, "The Media Versus Trump," 28 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of picador

1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for picador

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

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“Picador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picador. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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