Definition of lucha libre in English:

lucha libre


  • [mass noun] A type of professional wrestling originating in Mexico, in which the contestants wear masks and use rapid, acrobatic techniques:

    ‘wrestlers and fans discuss the main tenets of lucha libre and how these are reflected in their own lives’
    • ‘Yesterday Mark, Josecito, and I headed off to a boxing gym in midtown to be extras in a short film Tory Vazquez is making about lucha libre wrestlers.’
    • ‘The next night, Friday, July 27, at midnight, it's lucha libre time.’
    • ‘In Mexico Santo is the most popular wrestler ever and the greatest lucha libre wrestler.’
    • ‘El Santo's success in the ring and on the screen also paved the way for several of his fellow countrymen to become lucha libre stars.’
    • ‘Welcome to lucha libre, freestyle wrestling with a Bolivian twist.’
    • ‘Edward lived in a Mexican monastery where the cook was a fat mustachioed dude with a fondness for lucha libre wrestling.’
    • ‘ColorLines caught up with him recently at his home base in San Francisco, where he's surrounded by Tijuana velvet artwork, lucha libre memorabilia, and other pop culture artifacts.’
    • ‘You've obviously been influenced a lot by lucha libre and the puroresu styles of wrestling.’
    • ‘Bill said that Ultimo is "still caught up in that lucha libre style" and that because Ultimo hasn't adjusted to the "WWE style", it has cost him some opportunities.’
    • ‘The God of lucha libre, his popularity crossed over into a series of highly successful movies.’


Spanish, freestyle wresting.


lucha libre

/ˌluːtʃə ˈliːbreɪ/