• WordNet 3.6
    • n bullfight a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A famous bullfighter, Lagarijo, killed 4,867 bulls in the 19th century.
    • n Bullfight a sport of great antiquity, in which men torment, and fight with, a bull or bulls in an arena, for public amusement, -- still popular in Spain, Portugal and Latin American. In the Spanish version a matador kills the bull with a sword after the bull has been weakened by wounds from small barbed rods, and after he has displayed courage and artistic skill in causing the bull to charge many times while he stands still or nearly still. In some versions the bull is not killed. Occasionally the matador is wounded or killed by the bull.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The red capes used to taunt bulls in bullfights is the same shade of red as the bull's blood. That way you can't tell it is covered with the bull's blood by the end of the fight. Fight spectators like bullfighting, but not blood.`
    • n bullfight A combat between men and a bull or bulls: a popular amusement among the Spaniards and Portuguese. A horseman, called a toreador or picador, attacks a bull in a closed arena, irritating him, but avoiding his attack. After the bull has been tormented a long time the horseman leaves him, and persons on foot, called chulos and banderilleros, attack him and plunge darts into him. Finally the sport is ended with the death of the bull by the sword of a matador.
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  • Erica Jong
    “Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy gets the Catholic Church. America gets Hollywood.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “Bullfighting is the only art in which the artist is in danger of death and in which the degree of brilliance in the performance is left to the fighter's honor.”


In literature:

They felt as secure as spectators at a bullfight; they risked their money perhaps on the result, but that was all.
"The War in the Air" by Herbert George Wells
The other thing that kept us was the bullfight.
"The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle" by Hugh Lofting
Ted at once realized his danger, and wheeled his horse like a bullfighter as Blue Eyes dashed past him, its horn scraping his leg.
"Ted Strong in Montana" by Edward C. Taylor
The horses are irritated and kick, and the yaks defend themselves; then there is a perfect bullfight in full swing.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
Joe Grassie has been gettin' up a bullfight and a kind of a show.
"The Eagle's Heart" by Hamlin Garland
For real sport, Senor Merriwell, you should see a Mexican bullfight.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
The "theayter," to Quinton, was as pernicious as a bullfight would have been to a Puritan.
"Janet of the Dunes" by Harriet T. Comstock
Bear-baiting, bullfighting and drunkenness were the rule.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
Modern Spanish bullfights appear to be a survival of the old sports of the arena.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
So many bullfights were unusual in such a small village, he assured us.
"Rosinante to the Road Again" by John Dos Passos

In news:

"Here, little people don't have the kind of support that you have (in the USA)," bullfighter Jorge Reyes said.
First the burqa, now the bullfight.
Spain's Catalonia bids farewell to bullfighting.
Catalonia , the Spanish region where independence sentiment runs strong, voted to ban bullfighting in a move that some said stressed its differences from the rest of Spain.
Ernest Hemingway , left, Bea Walker, and bullfighter Antonio Ordonez are seen in a 1959 photograph taken in Spain.
Spanish matador Oliva Soto during a bullfight in the Maestranza Bullring in Sevilla on May 22, 2008.
The taunted half-ton beast that horrifically gored a Spanish matador by thrusting his horn through the bullfighter's throat and out his mouth clearly won the battle -- but lost in the end.
A day after dashing Spanish bullfighter Julio Aparicio showed his dominance by cutting the ears off two vanquished bulls, one of their bovine brothers got revenge by gruesomely impaling the matador through his throat and out his mouth.
Two women matadors in Spain have a passion for bullfighting and are determined to pursue their dreams.
Explore the fashion of bullfighting in this gallery of matador costumes.
(Outside Spain, bullfighting is popular only in Portugal and Latin America and, interestingly, in those places it is more open to women matadors .
Filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco talk about why what drives women matadors , the differences between Mari Paz and Eva and their own stances on bullfighting.
This exploration of the history of women in Spanish bullfighting also profiles two current female matadors .
But once he steps into the ring, this Spanish Clark Kent transforms into El Fandi, a preening, balls-out bullfighter determined to become one of the few matadors in history to complete 100 corridas in a single year.
Nineteen people were injured, two seriously, after crowds stormed a bullfighting ring in Colombia.