Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to matador: bullfighting


1. A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
2. Games One of the highest trumps in certain card games.

[Spanish, from matar, to kill, possibly from Vulgar Latin *mattāre, to beat senseless, perhaps from Latin mattus, stupefied; see mat2.]




1. (Bullfighting) the principal bullfighter who is appointed to kill the bull
2. (Card Games) (in some card games such as skat) one of the highest ranking cards
3. (Games, other than specified) a game played with dominoes in which the dots on adjacent halves must total seven
[C17: from Spanish, from matar to kill]


(ˈmæt əˌdɔr)

the bullfighter in a bullfight who traditionally kills the bull.
[1665–75; < Sp, =mata(r) to kill + –dor -tor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matador - the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bullmatador - the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bull
bullfighter, toreador - someone who fights bulls
مُصارِع الثيران


[ˈmætədɔːʳ] Nmatador m, diestro m


nMatador m


(ˈmӕtədoː) noun
the man who kills the bull in a bullfight.
References in classic literature ?
He kept rushing the matador, who always slipped smartly and gracefully aside in time, waiting for a sure chance; and at last it came; the bull made a deadly plunge for him - was avoided neatly, and as he sped by, the long sword glided silently into him, between left shoulder and spine - in and in, to the hilt.
Then stepped forward Ordonez, the chief matador, with the long sword and the scarlet cape.
Afterward, when he is quite tired and no longer quick, the matador sticks the sword into him.
He ran away from the matador and the capadors, and circled the edge of the ring, looking up at the many faces.
I have seen clumsy matadors, and I tell you it is not nice.
When the bullock has been dragged to the spot where it is to be slaughtered, the matador with great caution cuts the hamstrings.
He lived in a magnificent hotel and was one of the matadors of finance, did business with Ouvrard, kept open house, and led the scandalous life of the period,--the life of a Cincinnatus, on sacks of corn harvested without trouble, stolen rations, "little houses" full of mistresses, in which were given splendid fetes to the Directors of the Republic.
The Matadors reversed that trend Saturday afternoon against Cal State Fullerton, but not in the way they'd hoped to.
Matador evolved from a series of drilling partnerships operated from a small, windowless office into a $388,000,000 independent energy company," said Matador founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Joseph William Foran.
2 -- 3) A globe-trotting hit man (Pierce Brosnan, left) encounters a crestfallen businessman (Greg Kinnear) in a Mexico City bar, with unexpected results, in ``The Matador.
DNA's experienced and committed staff will help Matador to grow in these challenging times for music companies.
The Matadors (7-2-3) were without Willie Sims, who suffered an injury to his right knee last week.