Definition of bullfighting in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The common characteristic of the matadors in this group is that they interpret bullfighting in an unorthodox manner.’
    • ‘In addition to the palace, Granada gives off the air of a ‘real’ Spanish city with cobblestone streets, bullfighting arenas and winding streets.’
    • ‘Earlier, Hemingway tells us all about bullfighting long before we ever see a bull.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The development of bullfighting in Andalusia was preceded by bull rituals and cults.’
    • ‘He is extremely energetic and nimble in the ring and gives the impression that he adores the art of bullfighting.’
    • ‘I told him I'd enjoyed his spirited discourse on the state of bullfighting at the arena.’
    • ‘The regulations on bullfighting define in exacting detail the structure and procedure of bullfighting in Spain.’
    • ‘In an afternoon of bullfighting, six bulls are usually killed by three different matadors.’
    • ‘It was a time of racing cars and bullfighting and Jimmy did it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Opinion polls have consistently shown that Spaniards would like bullfighting to end - some Spanish cities have already outlawed all bullfighting and bull runs.’
    • ‘Thus, in a remote corner of Medieval Spain, the beginning of what today is the national Spanish spectacle of bullfighting was created.’
    • ‘There are those who argue that bullfighting is not a sport but a cruel spectacle.’
    • ‘The bullfighting season in Spain is April to October.’
    • ‘Today bullfighting is big business in Spain with the top matadors earning comparable salaries to the nation's top soccer stars and rock idols.’
    • ‘He is a classical torero with the purest style of bullfighting, especially with the cape.’