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cuadrilla

[kwah-dree-yuh, -dreel-yuh; Spanish kwah-th ree-lyah, -th ree-yah] /kwɑˈdri yə, -ˈdril yə; Spanish kwɑˈðri lyɑ, -ˈðri yɑ/
noun, plural cuadrillas
[kwah-dree-yuh z, -dreel-yuh z; Spanish kwah-th ree-lyahs, -th ree-yahs] /kwɑˈdri yəz, -ˈdril yəz; Spanish kwɑˈðri lyɑs, -ˈðri yɑs/ (Show IPA)
1.
the group of assistants serving a matador in a bullfight, consisting of three banderilleros and two picadors.
Origin of cuadrilla
1835-1845
1835-45; < Spanish: group, gang (orig. one of four groups), diminutive of cuadra < Latin quadra side of a square
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  • A bad man, that Juaniyo would not keep in his cuadrilla if he had any pride!

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Certainly; he intends to join the cuadrilla this evening at the ford of the Rubio.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • As a prisoner, my position lay in the rear—only one or two files of the cuadrilla riding behind me.

    The Guerilla Chief Mayne Reid
  • He went, about two hours back, to the camp of the cuadrilla to bring help.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • The cuadrilla made a last charge for the purpose of disengaging the general.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Do not be frightened, I am not fond of chattering; how much do you offer me for my cuadrilla?

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • The cuadrilla, obedient to the discipline of the profession, silently listened to their gossip at one end of the room.

    The Blood of the Arena Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • Help them, Senor Carson; help them, and my cuadrilla and I will be yours to command!

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • You appear to take me for the noted Carrasco; and my people, no doubt, for a cuadrilla of salteadores?

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • Within, what remained of his cuadrilla were watching and nursing the sick.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey

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