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[boo l-fahyt] /ˈbʊlˌfaɪt/
a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, or Latin American spectacle in which a bull is fought by a matador, assisted by banderilleros and picadors, in a prescribed way in an arena and is usually killed.
Origin of bullfight
1745-55; bull1 + fight
Related forms
bullfighting, noun Unabridged
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  • And the bullfight here is one in which the bulls fight one another.
  • The ban is about much more than friendliness to bulls, though it is part of a political game that resembles a bullfight.
  • He can call up a whole bullfight, indeed an entire civilization, in a curt epigram.
  • If you strive to understand the bullfight, it can be a powerful and memorable experience.
  • There also are impressive dioramas of puppets engaged in such activities as warfare, a bullfight and a wedding.
  • He is carted off to the arena for a bullfight, but a surprise awaits the spectators.
  • There has been some question as far as say a bullfight.
British Dictionary definitions for bullfight


a traditional Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American spectacle in which a matador, assisted by banderilleros and mounted picadors, baits and usually kills a bull in an arena
Derived Forms
bullfighter, noun
bullfighting, noun
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