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[mat-uh-dawr] /ˈmæt əˌdɔr/

the principal bullfighter in a bullfight who passes the bull with a muleta and then, in many countries, kills it with a sword thrust; a torero.
one of the principal cards in skat and certain other games.
(initial capital letter) a jet-powered U.S. surface-to-surface missile.
the principal bullfighter who is appointed to kill the bull
(in some card games such as skat) one of the highest ranking cards
a game played with dominoes in which the dots on adjacent halves must total seven

man who kills the bull in a bullfight, 1670s, from Spanish matador, literally “killer,” from matar “to kill or wound,” probably from Arabic mata “he died,” from Persian (see second element in checkmate). Fem. form is matadora.


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