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A public spectacle, performed especially in Spain, Portugal, and parts of Latin America, in which a fighting bull is engaged in a series of traditional maneuvers culminating usually with the ceremonial execution of the bull by sword. In Portugal the bull is often fought from horseback and is not killed.

bull′fight′er n.
bull′fight′ing n.


(Bullfighting) a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American spectacle in which a matador, assisted by banderilleros and mounted picadors, baits and usually kills a bull in an arena
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ˈbullˌfighting n



a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought in a prescribed way by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, and is usu. killed with a sword.
bull′fight`er, n.
bull′fight`ing, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bullfight - a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectaclebullfight - a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
novillada - a bullfight in which the bulls are less than four years old
spectacle - an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
مُصارَعَةُ ثيران
býčí zápas
býčí zápas
boğa güreşi


[ˈbʊlfaɪt] Ncorrida f (de toros)


[ˈbʊlfaɪt] ncorrida f, course f de taureaux


[ˈbʊlˌfaɪt] ncorrida


(bul) noun
1. the male of the ox family and of the whale, walrus, elephant etc.
2. a bull's-eye.
ˈbullock (-lək) noun
1. a young bull.
2. a castrated bull, an ox, often used to pull bullock carts.
ˈbullfight noun
in Spain etc a fight between a bull and men on horseback and on foot.
ˈbullfighter noun
ˈbullring noun
the enclosed area where a bullfight takes place.
ˈbull's-eye noun
the centre of a target, especially in archery, darts etc.
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Every year there are injured people and some have been killed all over the years, while the bulls are killed in the afternoon bullfight.
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home that night I told my Mother how I loved the bullfight, the music
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Spanish bullfighter Manuel Jesus "El Cid" performs a pass to a heifer during a "tentadero" (a small bullfight to check the bravery of calves and heifers which are not killed) during the first International Biennial of bullfighting at Reservatauro Ronda cattle ranch in Ronda, near Malaga on February 17.
The local bullfight in the Andean community is known as a "corraleja" and takes place at the start of October every year, it is reported to have been an annual event in the municipality since 1920.
His painting began to adopt Spanish themes and the brilliant color of the bullfight poster.