Matadore

Definitions

  • THE GORGEOUSLY DRESSED MATADORS ENTERING THE ARENA
    THE GORGEOUSLY DRESSED MATADORS ENTERING THE ARENA
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Matadore A certain game of dominoes in which four dominoes (the 4-3, 5-2, 6-1, and double blank), called matadors, may be played at any time in any way.
    • Matadore (Card Playing) In the game of quadrille or omber, the three principal trumps, the ace of spades being the first, the ace of clubs the third, and the second being the deuce of a black trump or the seven of a red one. "When Lady Tricksey played a four,
      You took it with a matadore ."
    • Matadore (Skat) The jack of clubs, or any other trump held in sequence with it, whether by the player or by his adversaries.
    • Matadore The killer; the man appointed to kill the bull in bullfights; a bullfighter; a toreador.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ear which the matador slices off the bull is his trophy.
    • n Matadore the man who kills the bull in bull-fights: one of the three chief cards at ombre and quadrille.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Sp. matador, prop., a killer, fr. matar, to kill, L. mactare, to sacrifice, kill
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. matadormatar, to kill—L. mactāre, to kill, to honour by sacrifice—mactus, honoured.

Usage

In literature:

But does he pick up cigars and things that I see they throw to the matador?
"Selected Stories" by Bret Harte
Went out four matadores and a trump in black, and was bested.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
Come to that, the vicissitudes of a matador are magnificent discipline for both mind and body.
"The Opinions of a Philosopher" by Robert Grant
The matadors are safe only because the bull is insane from rage.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Without this protecting cloth no matador would dare to enter the ring.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
After this heroic performance the duke left the arena to the matadors.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
The haciendas of the Llano wide, Are quickened by the matador's renown.
"Songs of the Cattle Trail and Cow Camp" by Various
He could make matadores with a snap of his fingers, command the four aces with a whistle, and get odd tricks.
"A Lecture On Heads" by Geo. Alex. Stevens
One told me that the herredero was among them, and also the cruel matador.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
The seaman's purpose now was to act the part of a matador.
"The Fugitives" by R.M. Ballantyne
Further, she wore a little, round matador's hat, three black pompons planted audaciously upstanding above the left ear.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
There were several Italian peasants, a Cavalier, a Roundhead, and a matador.
"The New Girl at St. Chad's" by Angela Brazil
No matador in all Spain could have performed the feat more cleverly.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
The trick of the matador with his red cloak suggested itself in this moment of peril.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Cucharra of Puerto Santa Maria is the matador.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
But the wily matadore, with a dexterous thrust, pierced the spine of the neck, and the agonies of the animal were over.
"The Funny Philosophers" by George Yellott
The matadors of reaction, reanimated by Jules Favre's speech, took this warning for an idle boast.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
My assistants were the matadors of the Liberal party.
"Tales From Jókai" by Mór Jókai
The bull and matador, as motionless as if carved in marble, present a fearfully artistic effect.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 15, August, 1851" by Various
To this eye-closing trait many a hard-pressed matador has owed his life.
"Lad: A Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
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In news:

But the toppings are what make it really work: cotija cheese, guacamole and the Matador 's always-tasty pico de gallo.
Mystery yard of Matador , Texas.
Abandoned in a field in downtown Matador , Texas, this 1972 Ford Ranchero GT pickup is what led to the discovery of the closed salvage yard on the south side of the city.
Another local highlight reel with Spoon and Matador at 21.
Plus, a couple of local highlights from Matador at 21.
Mexican matador Christian Hernandez saw a bull charging at him, he did what most sensible people would do: he ran away.
Mexican matador Christian Hernandez entered the ring in Mexico City (not pictured) and then promptly ran away.
BofA, in Logos, Won't Play Matador .
Midnight Matador has been the horse for the Masked Rider since 2002.
This week, Joe Morgenstern reviews Casanova, Match Point and The Matador.
The New Pornographers – Together – Matador 2.
Milan at Napoli matches the Pharaoh vs El Matador.
Rook by Shearwater, published by Matador.
Blackmon scored 20 points in Clovis' 74-60 win over the Matadors.
SPIN Essential 'Sun' is out now via Matador.
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