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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.
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(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
ˈbullˌfighter n
ˈbullˌfighting n
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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.
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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
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[ˈbʊlfaɪt] Ncorrida f (de toros)
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[ˈbʊlfaɪt] ncorrida f, course f de taureaux
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[ˈbʊlˌfaɪt] ncorrida
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(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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References in classic literature ?
They felt as secure as spectators at a bullfight; they risked their money perhaps on the result, but that was all.
They consider that this year's runs have lacked the usual excitement because the bulls have largely stayed behind the large steers which quickly guide them through the narrow, twisting streets to Pamplona's bullring, where the bulls are killed in bullfights later in the day.
'Instead of wasting time in bullfights, Khalwale should buy dairy cows for his people as a source of income.'
Organizers of bullfights say that tournaments take place in many areas across Oman including Sohar, Al-Mussanah and Suwaiq.
Salim Abdullah Al Douhani is a key organiser of bullfights in the Sultanate, and says that they are held across nearly 30 circuits to the north of Muscat, with tournaments being organised in Sohar, Al Mussanah and Suwaiq.
Mexico is one of only eight countries in the world where bullfights are still held, along with Spain, Portugal, France, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela.
The court also directed the provincial police chief to strictly ensure prevention of cruelty to animals in the guise of bullock cart racing, oxen cart racing, donkey cart racing, bullfights, ram fights, dogfights and cockfights, etc.
According to Johnson's biographer Sonia Purnell, he and sister Rachel reported on animal welfare in Spain and Portugal in 1985, including taking pictures of bullfights. League Against Cruel Sports director of campaigns Chris Luffingham said: "If it's true Boris Johnson has defended bullfighting, then it's not political correctness that's gone mad.
BULLFIGHTS in Spain's Balearic Islands will be shorter, bloodless and only for adults under new regulations that also ban alcoholic beverages in the bullring.
In Paris before traveling to Spain, Jake Barnes already intermingles war and the bullfights After looking at his injury in the mirror, Jake gets into bed with a French bullfighting newspaper, but instead of being sped to sleep, Jake for the first time thinks about the war and his injury and gives the news of it to us (25-26).
"The majority of the citizens of Coahuila reject bullfights," Moreira said in a press conference shortly after the legislation was approved.