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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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  • By this the whole matter had presented itself to them as an entertainment more diverting than bullfight or bear-baiting.

  • We took our first dose of bullfight in this place for a reason.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • But she only succeeded in reminding herself of a bullfight of which she had once seen part at San Sebastian.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She had forgotten that a bullfight meant that there would be blood and killing.

  • Weekdays they do this; and sometimes on a Sunday afternoon they have a bullfight in their little bullring.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • Come to Quito and I will show you the bullfight—brave, clever, magnificent!

    The Night-Born Jack London
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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