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[tuh-rair-oh; Spanish taw-re-raw] /təˈrɛər oʊ; Spanish tɔˈrɛ rɔ/
noun, plural toreros
[tuh-rair-ohz; Spanish taw-re-raws] /təˈrɛər oʊz; Spanish tɔˈrɛ rɔs/ (Show IPA)
a bullfighter, especially a matador.
Origin of torero
1720-30; < Spanish, equivalent to tor(o) bull (< Latin taurus) + -ero < Latin -ārius -ary Unabridged
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Examples from the web for torero
  • He frequently envisages himself in the bullring as a picador or torero, as well as the bull.
  • There are many factors that determine the outcome, including the stock of the bulls and the skill of the torero.
  • Then there is applause for the torero and hisses for the bull.
British Dictionary definitions for torero


noun (pl) -ros
a bullfighter, esp one who fights on foot
Word Origin
C18: from Spanish, from Late Latin taurārius, from Latin taurus a bull
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