Definition of querencia in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɛˈrɛnθɪə/
/keˈrenθja/ /keˈrensja/

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The part of a bullring where the bull takes its stand.
Example sentences
  • A bull trying to reach its querencia is often more dangerous than a bull that is attacking the cape directly.
  • If the bull doesn't charge directly at the cape, deviating instead toward his querencia, he might run his horns into the matador.
  • If a bullfighter goes in to kill his bull in his querencia, rather than to bring him out of it, he is almost certain to be gored.


Spanish, literally 'lair, home ground', from querer 'desire, love', from Latin quaerere 'seek'.

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