faena

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See also: faená and fäna

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish faena. Doublet of hacienda and fazenda.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

faena (plural faenas)

  1. (bullfighting) A series of passes performed by a matador with a muleta or a sword before the kill.
    • 2013, James A. Michener, Iberia, Dial Press (→ISBN), page 736:
      Faena is the vital third act in which the matador exhibits his skill with the muleta. Tradition requires that during the faena he keep his sword in his right hand, which usually also holds the muleta. Experts judge that the excellence of any single fight depends about sixty to seventy percent on the faena, which can excuse poor work elsewhere.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish faena.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

faena f (plural faenas)

  1. (bullfighting) faena

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

faena

  1. nominative plural of faenum
  2. accusative plural of faenum
  3. vocative plural of faenum

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Catalan faena (task, chore) (modern Catalan feina), from Latin facienda (things to do), from faciō. Compare Portuguese faina. Doublet of hacienda.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /faˈena/, [faˈe.na]

Noun[edit]

faena f (plural faenas)

  1. task, job; duty
    Synonyms: chamba, quehacer, tarea
  2. (Latin America) compulsory labour or work
  3. dirty trick
  4. pity; shame
  5. (bullfighting) faena (series of passes performed by a matador with cape or sword before the kill)

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Verb[edit]

faena

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of faenar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of faenar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of faenar.

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