Definition of corrida in English:



  • A bullfight.

    • ‘During the reign of King Philip II, Pope Pius V, appalled at the unconscionable carnage of the bullfights, forbade the practice of the corridas.’
    • ‘During the '95 season in Spain, the record of the number of corridas held was broken.’
    • ‘A corrida starts with a parade of all the contestants and bailiffs dressed in 17th century costume, who salute the president of the fight.’
    • ‘But nowhere has there ever been a record of a horse that has died during the corrida.’
    • ‘Would that make you feel any better, climbing into the corrida with just a cape and a sticker?’
    • ‘At the beginning of the bullfight, or corrida, the torero sizes up the bull while performing certain ritualized motions with his cape.’
    • ‘In the field of bullfighting this verb is the quintessential factor in a well-fought corrida, and it has a lot to do with the rhythm of the bull's charge.’
    • ‘Tickets for corridas usually cost from 20€ to 100€, although tickets for the cheaper seats in a novillada are usually less than 10€.’
    • ‘A ban on cutting animals' horns could prevent the practice of afeitado where a bull's horns are filed down before it enters the corrida.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He opened the door for many a young man to test their skills and offer their blood on the corridas of Spain.’
    • ‘Soon after, someone asked him to write a nonfiction account of the corrida de toros, or traditional Spanish bullfight.’
    • ‘Or if you were lucky enough to come from a rich bullfighting family, the corridas were waiting for you.’
    • ‘By contrast, Masson's representations of the corrida and the dead matador preclude such personal readings.’
    • ‘Later, the ladder sat there unretracted, its fourfold shadow cast on that arena wall on which some actor occasionally perched like a spectator at a corrida.’
    • ‘There are many variables that should be considered in predicting the chances that a matador has for succeeding in the immediate future, besides the ranking of matadors by the number of corridas fought and trophies obtained.’
    • ‘Undeniably the most gruesome part of the corrida, this suerte de picaris is intensely disliked by aficionados.’
    • ‘On one occasion, traveling to a corrida in Andujar, he turned to his banderillero and announced he was going to do something that afternoon no one had ever seen before.’
    • ‘The assembling crowd reacted like fans at a corrida, saluting each move and countermove with appreciation for the artistry of it all.’
    • ‘It is a ceremony that is carried out in carefully pre-arranged steps, as called for by the tradition of the corrida, each stage with its own name, and which the aficionados in the crowd will know by heart.’


Late 19th century: from Spanish corrida de toros running of bulls.