Definition of muleta in US English:



  • A small red cape fixed to a stick, employed by a matador to guide the bull during a bullfight.

    • ‘Using banderillas and the muleta, his performances with both are varied, as are his movements with the cape.’
    • ‘The bull-fighters enter, with their attendants carrying their swords and muletas.’
    • ‘The matador enters the ring alone, having swapped his pink and gold cape for the red muleta.’
    • ‘Manolo Sánchez is a very refined torero, great with the muleta but rather weak with the sword.’
    • ‘Just as he had been told it would, just as the rule proclaimed, the black mass slipped past his shaking body, following the command of the muleta.’
    • ‘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.’