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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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/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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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).

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conquistadores [(kong-kees-tuh-dawr-ays, kong-kees-tuh-dawr-eez)]

The Spanish military leaders who established Spanish rule in the New World by overthrowing Native American governments. (See Hernando Cortés and Francisco Pizarro.)

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