Matador meaning

mătə-dôr
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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.
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(bullfighting) The person whose aim is to kill the bull in a bullfight.
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A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
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(games) One of the highest trumps in certain card games.
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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.

    From Wiktionary