Banderilla meaning

băndə-rēə, -rēlyə
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A decorated barbed dart that is thrust into the bull's neck or shoulder muscles by a banderillero in a bullfight.
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Any of several barbed darts with little streamers attached to them, that the banderillero sticks into the neck and shoulders of the bull.
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(bullfighting) A stick with a sharp end and a decorated end, which a bullfighter stick into the bull's back.
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Origin of banderilla

  • Spanish diminutive of bandera banner from Vulgar Latin bandāria banner

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish banderilla, from Spanish bandera (“banner”) + -illa (“diminutive suffix”)

    From Wiktionary