from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The group of assistants to the matador in a bullfight.

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  • noun bullfighting The team which supports the matador.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish, diminutive of cuadra, square, from Latin quadra; see quadrille.]

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From Spanish cuadrilla (team)


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  • Especially the cooperatives '"cuadrilla" work procedures repeatedly lead to difficulties due to the parallellism or duplication of work performed by these small mining teams.

    Chapter 8

  • Hernando would not divulge it, not to a journalista, not to a lover; but to the men in his cuadrilla he would tap the side of his head with two fingers and declare, It is simple, boys—you have only to think like a bull.

    Carlos The Impossible (Part 1)

  • After the fifth year, Hernando could no longer employ a cuadrilla, even with above-market salaries and a light workload.

    Carlos The Impossible (Part 2)

  • Shouts from her cuadrilla ricochet around the lady matador.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • She poses for photographs with her cuadrilla, signs autographs, waves away further questions.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Her cuadrilla warned Suki that a mastodon would be brought to her in this ruined city.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Silently, her cuadrilla forms a protective half ring behind her.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Suki thinks of her cuadrilla back at the hotel, waiting for their big break to come with hers.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Suki turns and blows a kiss to the five men in her cuadrilla, handsome in their bullfighting finery.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • The watchers of the torero's cuadrilla critically judge the moves and feints of the half-ton monster as it careers around the ring.

    There is no such thing as a bullfight


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  • The shy matador’s bright idea

    For wooing the haughty Maria

    Was a sweet serenade

    For that tease of a maid,

    Backed up by his loyal cuadrilla.

    May 20, 2018