Definition of bullfighting in US English:



  • The sport of baiting and killing a bull as a public spectacle in an outdoor arena.

    Bullfighting is the national spectator sport of Spain, and is found also in Latin America and Portugal. Typically, the bull is tormented with darts stuck into its neck, and the matador then baits it with a red cape and attempts to kill it with a sword-blow beneath the shoulder blade

    • ‘The World Society for the Protection of Animals has for many years worked to end forms of cruelty to animals overseas, such as bear baiting, bullfighting and captive dolphinarias.’
    • ‘The run is a 825-metre stampede from the corral where the bulls are kept to the outdoor bullfighting arena where they will be invariably killed by matadors later in the day.’
    • ‘He is a classical torero with the purest style of bullfighting, especially with the cape.’
    • ‘The development of bullfighting in Andalusia was preceded by bull rituals and cults.’
    • ‘The regulations on bullfighting define in exacting detail the structure and procedure of bullfighting in Spain.’
    • ‘In addition to the palace, Granada gives off the air of a ‘real’ Spanish city with cobblestone streets, bullfighting arenas and winding streets.’
    • ‘The macho spectacle of bullfighting has long been an integral part of Spanish life, with the image of a colourfully dressed matador baiting a bleeding bull being one the whole world associates with the Mediterranean country.’
    • ‘His manner of bullfighting is irregular but when he receives a bull, there is not one person in the arena who is left unimpressed by his passes.’
    • ‘He is a passionate and eloquent defender of field sports and his argument that hare coursing and bullfighting are both in the general interest of the species is persuasive.’
    • ‘Thus, in a remote corner of Medieval Spain, the beginning of what today is the national Spanish spectacle of bullfighting was created.’
    • ‘Earlier, Hemingway tells us all about bullfighting long before we ever see a bull.’
    • ‘The common characteristic of the matadors in this group is that they interpret bullfighting in an unorthodox manner.’
    • ‘There are those who argue that bullfighting is not a sport but a cruel spectacle.’
    • ‘Today bullfighting is big business in Spain with the top matadors earning comparable salaries to the nation's top soccer stars and rock idols.’
    • ‘It was a time of racing cars and bullfighting and Jimmy did it.’
    • ‘I told him I'd enjoyed his spirited discourse on the state of bullfighting at the arena.’
    • ‘He is extremely energetic and nimble in the ring and gives the impression that he adores the art of bullfighting.’
    • ‘In an afternoon of bullfighting, six bulls are usually killed by three different matadors.’
    • ‘The bullfighting season in Spain is April to October.’
    • ‘Opinion polls have consistently shown that Spaniards would like bullfighting to end - some Spanish cities have already outlawed all bullfighting and bull runs.’