novillero

novillero

[noh-vee-air-oh, -vuhl-yair-oh; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raw, -lye-]
noun, plural novilleros [noh-vee-air-ohz, -vuhl-yair-ohz; Spanish naw-vee-ye-raws, -lye-] .
a young bullfighter who has not yet been named a matador.

Origin:
1920–25; < Spanish, equivalent to novill(o) a fighting bull less than three years old (< Latin novellus; see novel2) + -ero (< Latin -ārius -ary); such bulls are typically fought by novice bullfighters

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