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[tawr-ee-uh-dawr; Spanish taw-re-ah-th awr] /ˈtɔr i əˌdɔr; Spanish ˌtɔ rɛ ɑˈðɔr/
a bullfighter; torero.
Origin of toreador
1610-20; < Spanish, equivalent to torea(r) to bait a bull (derivative of toro bull < Latin taurus) + -dor -tor Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The word torero is a general term for bull-fighters on foot, while toreador is commonly applied to those on horseback.

  • Now a toreador, whom he had seen more than once in the arena, strutted past.

  • Sylvia felt like Carmen on the arm of the toreador when she and her protector walked out of the cabaret.

  • The toreador chivied the bull round the ring, trying to get it face foremost.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • Next came a young butcher or two from the killing-yards, each already a toreador in his own estimation.

    The Firebrand S. R. Crockett
  • The toreador, followed by the crowd, which includes Morales, departs.

  • The toreador comes on the scene the last of all, when the bull, though tired, is still dangerous.

    Europe from a Motor Car Russell Richardson
  • How could he be humble to that uppish, vainglorious tune, that toreador pomposity?

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • The band played the "toreador's (tŏrē̍--dr) Song" from "Carmen," and then the fight began.

    The Little Spanish Dancer Madeline Brandeis
  • What matters it whether a man is a muletero, gaucho, toreador, or what?

    Wide Courses James Brendan Connolly
British Dictionary definitions for toreador


a bullfighter
Word Origin
C17: from Spanish, from torear to take part in bullfighting, from toro a bull, from Latin taurus; compare steer²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for toreador

"bullfighter," 1610s, from Spanish toreador, from torear "to fight in a bullfight," from toro "bull," from Latin taurus (see steer (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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