1. A bullfighter who performs the final passes and kills the bull.
2. Games One of the highest trumps in certain card games.
[Spanish, from matar, to kill, possibly from Vulgar Latin *mattāre, to beat senseless, perhaps from Latin mattus, stupefied; see MAT2.]
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