Definition of bullfight in US English:



  • A public spectacle, particularly in Spain, Portugal, and Latin America, at which a bull is baited in a highly stylized manner and then usually killed.

    • ‘The tour guide tells us the rules of the bullfight, about famous bullfighters, and a story of a cow that sought revenge for her slain bull-son, only to be killed herself.’
    • ‘The short story also foreshadows Hemingway's fascination with blood, spectacle and bullfights.’
    • ‘It's a little like Spain, they have bullfights,’
    • ‘On the third day of the festival, cattle are decorated and worshiped, and bullfights and bull races take place.’
    • ‘My first idea was to breed bulls for bullfights in Spain, but then I thought: why not make wine instead?’
    • ‘At the beginning of the bullfight, or corrida, the torero sizes up the bull while performing certain ritualized motions with his cape.’
    • ‘In the bullfights bulls are often intentionally debilitated with tranquilisers and beatings and have petroleum jelly rubbed in their eyes so they are less able to resist.’
    • ‘Four years later, in the large bullring at the town of Puerto de Santa María, near Cádiz, he faced six bulls in a bullfight fought in honour of women.’
    • ‘A bullfight now is sheer spectacle and, with six bulls dying in less than two hours, a desperately cruel one at that.’
    • ‘During the reign of King Philip II, Pope Pius V, appalled at the unconscionable carnage of the bullfights, forbade the practice of the corridas.’
    • ‘In Greece for example, killing the minotaur is symbolic of a bullfight.’
    • ‘No bulls are killed during the bullfights; instead, toreros show their bravery by closely engaging the animals with their ponchos, jackets, or homemade capes.’
    • ‘International cricket has thus turned in to one mega batting-fest: the contest is as unequal as a bullfight where the bull's horns have been sawn off.’
    • ‘This out of an estimated 20,000+ bulls killed annually in bullfights throughout the country.’
    • ‘In contrast to the violent bullfights in Spain and parts of Latin America, in Portugal the bull's horns are sheathed to avoid injuries, and bulls are not killed at the end of the event.’
    • ‘Each bullfight comprises six bulls and three matadors, each of whom fights two bulls.’
    • ‘Some populations sponsor bullfights or other public entertainments on major fiestas.’
    • ‘It is often said that people go to watch bullfights for entertainment, and while the bull in the ring is the reason why they are there, many go purely for the excitement.’
    • ‘This has many advantages, as these people tend to be friendly and have connections, which might be useful for acquiring tickets to bullfights or viewing the bulls.’
    • ‘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.’