matador

[mat-uh-dawr]
noun
1.
the principal bullfighter in a bullfight who passes the bull with a muleta and then, in many countries, kills it with a sword thrust; a torero.
2.
one of the principal cards in skat and certain other games.
3.
(initial capital letter) a jet-powered U.S. surface-to-surface missile.

Origin:
1665–75; < Spanish, equivalent to mata(r) to kill (perhaps < Vulgar Latin *mattāre, presumed derivative of Late Latin mattus soft, weak; cf. matte1) +-dor -tor

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matador (ˈmætədɔː)
 
n
1.  the principal bullfighter who is appointed to kill the bull
2.  (in some card games such as skat) one of the highest ranking cards
3.  a game played with dominoes in which the dots on adjacent halves must total seven
 
[C17: from Spanish, from matar to kill]

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matador
1674, from Sp. matador, lit. "killer," from matar "to kill or wound," probably from Arabic mata "he died," from Persian (see second element in checkmate).
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Along the way the car ends up in a bullring playing the role of matador, the best of several incongruous adventures.
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