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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 periodicals archive ?
Contemporary readings do not explore this possibility, but taking the spirit of advocacy at the work's core seriously opens the way for us to look for reasons within the parameters of Hemingway's expressed intention for the idiosyncratic opinions on individual bullfighters such as Ortega, and even for such apparently extraneous material as the Old Lady and "The Natural History of the Dead." If it turns out that this material does have a pedagogical dimension with a specifically taurine application, as I suspect it will, Death in the Afternoon is much less a "baggy monster" and much more an intricately wrought work than heretofore imagined.
A RORY Calhoun was discovered by the actor and producer Alan Ladd, who gave him his first part in the Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bullfighters.
Making Stein the "Old Lady" is Wagner-Martin's most risky but also most persuasive stratagem, reducing Stein to the status of tourist, "more interested in the bodies of the young bullfighters than in their consummate arte," (62) or, rather liking the goring of the horse: "It seemed so sort of homey" [DIA 64].
They are gouged with sticks and repeatedly stabbed, then, once in the ring, bullfighters sever their spines while they are fully conscious.
ONE of Spain's leading bullfighters is in a serious condition after he was gored by a bull in Mexico.
The bulls charge through Pamplona's crowded cobblestone streets to the arena, where they face bullfighters.
Spanish culture enters the novel through Pilar's stories, in which she mentions famous singers, dancers, musicians and, most importantly, bullfighters - the cultural icons of the peacetime Spain in which she grew up.(1) These figures are not explicated in the text because they would have been familiar to the Spaniards who comprise her intratextual audience.
Bullfighters are usually shining examples of masculinity, but Lamps looks more like a panto queen in this outfit with his lacey stockings.
The most beloved is the Virgin de la Esperanza Macarena, the virgin of hope and the patroness of bullfighters!
Hoping to impress Carmen, the dashing bullfighter, Escamillo bursts out with a robust, super-masculine, yet romantic toast to his fellow bullfighters in the Toreador Song.