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[kon-kwis-tuh-dawr, kong-; Spanish kawng-kees-tah-th awr] /kɒnˈkwɪs təˌdɔr, kɒŋ-; Spanish kɔŋˌkis tɑˈðɔr/
noun, plural conquistadors Spanish, conquistadores
[kawng-kees-tah-th aw-res] /kɔŋˌkis tɑˈðɔ rɛs/ (Show IPA)
one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
Origin of conquistador
1540-50; < Spanish equivalent to conquist(ar) to conquer (see conquest) + -ador -ator Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for conquistador
Historical Examples
  • Fortune on this occasion favoured the conquistador in a remarkable way.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • He was the conquistador out of date—the gold-seeker run to seed.

  • So the Spanish conquistador may have looked who took the place in the sixteenth century.

  • He is one of the conquistador type, who first lost his way in literature.

    Paul Verlaine Stefan Zweig
  • And now the time arrives when the star of the conquistador is to wane and set.

    Mexico Charles Reginald Enock
  • After a considerable delay, Dias was sent out as “conquistador” of the territory recently visited by him.

  • The conquistador's bones repose in the land which, with so much intrepidity and ruthlessness, he won for Spain.

    Southern Spain A.F. Calvert
  • I went to Mexico a conquistador, I left it a child of time, who had learned to smile; and I left some millions behind me, too.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • It was this conquistador who was responsible for the second and permanent founding of the city of Buenos Aires.

    South America W. H. Koebel
  • Grown old, disgusted with life, and betrayed by fortune, the "conquistador" had no longer anything to expect from government.

British Dictionary definitions for conquistador


/kɒnˈkwɪstəˌdɔː; Spanish konkistaˈðor/
noun (pl) -dors, -dores (Spanish) (-ˈðores)
an adventurer or conqueror, esp one of the Spanish conquerors of the New World in the 16th century
Word Origin
C19: from Spanish, from conquistar to conquer; see conquest
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Word Origin and History for conquistador

1830, from Spanish conquistador, literally "conqueror," noun of action from conquistar "to conquer," from Vulgar Latin conquistare, from Latin conquistus, past participle of conquirere "to seek for" (see conquer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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