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.
Webster's New World
A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
One of the highest trumps in certain card games.
- killer of bulls
Other Word Forms of Matador
Origin of Matador
Spanish from matar to kill possibly from Vulgar Latin mattāre to beat senseless perhaps from Latin mattus stupefied mat2
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Spanish matador (“killer”). Used in the English language as title for a bullfighter, however referred to as a toreador in Spain.
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