to·​re·​a·​dor | \ ˈtȯr-ē-ə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce toreador (audio) , ˈtär- \

Definition of toreador

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Recent Examples on the Web Along the way came dancing and dueling gypsies, Don Jose wrestling like a raging bull with his feelings, and lavishly dressed Spanish ladies whirling and twirling with blue-clad toreadors. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2019 Would a toreador be insulted when the bull responds to the muleta? Leah Garchik,, 19 June 2019 Meanwhile, Carolina Herrera, regal with her toreador posture and helmetlike coif, sits between her husband, Reinaldo, daughter Patricia and granddaughter Carolina. Chloe Malle, WSJ, 6 Dec. 2018 The new album also is notable for Tyner’s piano, which plays the bull to Coltrane’s toreador. Marc Myers, WSJ, 18 June 2018 After the toreador-style welcome, Saturday’s ceremony at Trasierra was quieter, if no less exuberant. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2018 His owners hope that the famed toreador El Primero (Miguel Angel Silvestre) will choose Ferdinand for the ring. The Washington Post,, 15 Dec. 2017 Max Faulkner Baritone Craig Irvin as the macho toreador Escamillo and soprano Kerriann Otaño as the demure Micaëla scored points as well. Olin Chism, star-telegram, 23 Apr. 2017 The death of Fandiño, a toreador renowned for his willingness to confront bulls deemed too dangerous by other bullfighters, was front-page news across Spain on Sunday. Alex Johnson, NBC News, 18 June 2017

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First Known Use of toreador

1618, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for toreador

Spanish, from torear to fight bulls, from toro bull, from Latin taurus — more at taurine

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The first known use of toreador was in 1618

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“Toreador.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of toreador

: someone who fights bulls in a bullfight : bullfighter


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