Definition of torero in English:



  • A bullfighter, especially one on foot.

    • ‘The most popular colours are red, black, green, blue and white. Yellow is never worn, even by spectators as it is considered to be unlucky and toreros are highly superstitious.’
    • ‘No bulls are killed during the bullfights; instead, toreros show their bravery by closely engaging the animals with their ponchos, jackets, or homemade capes.’
    • ‘Each representative is obliged to provide a band, abundant supplies of maize beer and alcohol, food, two bulls for the bullfight, and prizes for the best toreros.’
    • ‘Montoya thinks Romero might be the one, a real torero.’
    • ‘They are all really fine toreros who will be given the chance this season to find their places in the sun.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the bullfight, or corrida, the torero sizes up the bull while performing certain ritualized motions with his cape.’
    • ‘While Gautier imagined toreros and espadas as charming relics of Old Spain, the author of Les Fleurs du mal could not help but transform them into Iberian cousins of homegrown prostitutes and street performers.’
    • ‘The Spanish press categorise the corrida de toros as a spectacle, and the toreros who face the bulls in the ring are no less skilled - and certainly a lot braver - than the pampered Galacticos of Real Madrid.’
    • ‘Historically, the natural competition between two matadors that has existed in bullfighting, has always included toreros of contrasting styles and appeals, such as the classic matador against the unorthodox or charismatic one.’
    • ‘The toreros perform in order of seniority with the senior matador going first and fourth, the second-ranked matador second and fifth and the least experienced fighting third and sixth.’
    • ‘In the final section the torero (star matador) engages the bull with his elegance and control, then exchanges the purple and yellow capote (large cape) for the red muleta (smaller cape) and curved sword.’


Spanish, from toro ‘bull’ (see toreador).