Definition of picador in English:

picador

Pronunciation /ˈpikəˌdôr/ /ˈpɪkəˌdɔr/

Translate picador into Spanish

noun

  • A bullfighter on horseback who pricks the bull with a lance to weaken it and goad it.

    ‘From that time, it began to follow a particular sequence of events: the entrance of the bull, the picador, the banderilleros, and finally the matador (bullfighter).’
    • ‘They then escort the matadors to the enclosure, followed by the picadors - matadors on horseback.’
    • ‘Totally confident of his untested capacity, Jose put on the picador's uniform and, for the first time, settled onto a horse.’
    • ‘The bull is encouraged to charge one of the picadors, who can now attack it with the lance, piercing its neck and back muscles in order to make it lower its head, without which it would be impossibly dangerous to fight on foot.’
    • ‘The best example of this is seeing in the ancient war horses, trained and ridden for maximum maneuverability in combat, or in contemporary picador horses used in bull fighting.’

Origin

Spanish, from picar ‘to prick’.