Definition of toreador in US English:



  • A bullfighter.

    • ‘At his best, the 27-year-old plays his brand of power tennis with the sort of easy grace you would usually associate with a toreador twirling his cape, waiting for the exact moment to sink the estoque between the bull's shoulder blades.’
    • ‘I applaud his swift-footed move: Like the toreador who dodged the bull at the last milisecond, he escaped being gored.’
    • ‘The toreador's victorious march overlaps don Jose's killing of Carmen with the clamors of ‘Victoire!’’
    • ‘Ramon, a famous toreador - pigheaded and full of himself - also takes an immediate interest in the fiery female.’
    • ‘The handsome toreador sat at the bar, his blue eyes and white hair both lightly glistening alike in the poor light the CPI could offer.’
    • ‘The humor in ‘G,’ for instance, comes from the gap between a lithe and elegant woman's body and her evocation of a bull, perhaps also a toreador, in response to verses about cowboys lassoing cattle in Argentina.’
    • ‘He constructed a toreador mounted on a horse composed of drainpipes, with bicycle tyres to represent the horse's protruding entrails.’
    • ‘His approach to the arts was akin to that of a toreador to a bull.’
    • ‘He's a toreador, after all, and you have so much experience at bull-flinging.’
    • ‘I ran, in as dignified a manner as one does when late for a train, while the guard waved a red flag like an accomplished toreador on amphetamines.’
    • ‘But there are so many bulls and nary a toreador to be seen by the portal.’
    • ‘Brandishing his trophies, the triumphant toreador tours the arena to the applause of the public, who hand him flowers and wine.’
    • ‘Their torsos were generously oiled and sprinkled with pollen, and they stamped their feet like toreadors, kicking up the sand and whipping up a fever of excitement among themselves and the girls who were watching them.’
    • ‘Better to have had the brilliant young conductor Philippe Jordan on stage, seen at the start wielding his baton like a toreador with his sword.’
    • ‘It is significant the bullfighter is mounted, he says: ‘In the real story of Carmen, her second lover is not a toreador but a famous picador.’’
    • ‘Then came the bullfights, except that the toreadors, being slaves or convicts, had been given no chance to practice, so the bull usually gored them to death.’
    • ‘Set in a Brazilian factory town where familiar operatic characters such as the toreador and Don Jose appear as a rock musician and a lovesick cop, respectively, Carmen provides a dramatic challenge for Les Grands.’
    • ‘Villagers face forward into the square to see the toreadors who march behind them.’
    • ‘They can get through the eye of a needle.… They're also as brave as toreadors.’
    • ‘The playful musicians, the nightclub style and habit, the interplay with the women, secondary but necessary foils for the cock of the walk antics of the musicians, are bested perhaps only by a toreador in his prime.’


Spanish, from torear ‘fight bulls’, from toro ‘bull’.