Definition of


  1. (noun, person) the principal bullfighter who is appointed to make the final passes and kill the bull

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Alternate forms of Matador

Hypernyms: bullfighter, toreador

Origin of the word Matador

  1. 1674, from Sp. matador, lit. "killer," from matar "to kill or wound," probably from Arabic mata "he died," from Persian (see second element in checkmate). more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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