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Monday, August 12, 2013

Definitions for matador

  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.

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Citations for matador
He watched with disgust as the matador called to the bull. With a flamboyant flourish, the matador took over. Tess Uriza Holthe, The Five-Forty-Five to Cannes, 2007
The matador who was ill was careful never to show it and was meticulous about eating a little of all the dishes that were presented at the table. Ernest Hemingway, "The Capital of the World," The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, 1936
Origin of matador
1665-1675
Matador entered English in 1600s directly from the Spanish matar meaning "to kill or wound."