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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
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  • Better still, wear a backless top, which looks great with toreador pants and flat shoes.
  • The bull finally reached the critical point where it would be useless for anyone, even a toreador, to flee.
  • He'd been baiting me all along the way a toreador does a bull.
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
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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.)).

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