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conquistador

[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)
1.
one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Spanish equivalent to conquist(ar) to conquer (see conquest) + -ador -ator
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  • Metal weapons, good tactics, and great bravery made the conquistadors formidable opponents.
  • Place yourself in the boots of the conquistadors, trudging through this seemingly impenetrable natural barrier.
British Dictionary definitions for conquistadors

conquistador

/kɒnˈkwɪstəˌdɔː; Spanish konkistaˈðor/
noun (pl) -dors, -dores (Spanish) (-ˈðores)
1.
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 conquistadors

conquistador

n.

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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