[ UK /mˈætɐdˌɔː/ ]
[ US /ˈmætəˌdɔɹ/ ]
  1. the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bull
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How To Use matador In A Sentence

  • When the matador realises the bull is weak and unable to charge much longer he will reach for his killing sword and seek to manoeuvre it directly in front of him with its head down, so that he can administer the death stroke.
  • Then the first of three banderilleros (usually older bullfighters who form part of the matador's team) individually run towards the bull making him charge.
  • The run is a 825-metre stampede from the corral where the bulls are kept to the outdoor bullfighting arena where they will be invariably killed by matadors later in the day.
  • Our own Hemingway wrote so much grandiose nonsense about this so-called sport that the reader feels a certain dread as the climactic spectacle approaches — a dread heightened by the awareness that Montherlant was a matador in his teenage years. Monster of Marriage
  • If they kill a matador they will still be killed themselves. The Sun
  • What comes next is the matador and he approaches with his tight-assed, pouter-pigeon walk, flaunting his coleto, the pigtail that is the professional mark of a torero who has taken his alternativa and is no longer a novillero. There is no such thing as a bullfight
  • Today bullfighting is big business in Spain with the top matadors earning comparable salaries to the nation's top soccer stars and rock idols.
  • Having weakened the bull, the matador in this Madrid fight at the last moment refused to deliver the fatal thrust.
  • As a bullfighter he had little natural grace, and limited ability, but he brought such pluck and valor to the corrida and became a favourite matador of Andalusia, of which Sevilla is the capital.
  • Apparently sensitive to criticism, the bull forgot all about the matador and charged at the drunk.
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