a bullfighter whose specialty is killing the bull with a sword thrust at the end of a bullfight after performing a series of formalized actions with a cape to anger and tire the animal
Origin of matadorSp, literally , killer ; from matar, to kill ; from mate, checkmate ; from Arabic m?t ; from Pers: see checkmate
- A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
- Games One of the highest trumps in certain card games.
Origin of matadorSpanish, from matar, to kill, possibly from Vulgar Latin *mattare, to beat senseless, perhaps from Latin mattus, stupefied; see mat2.
(plural matadors, plural matadores, feminine matadora)
- (bullfighting) The person whose aim is to kill the bull in a bullfight.