[kon-kwis-tuh-dawr, kong-; Spanish kawng-kees-tah-thawr]
noun, plural conquistadors Spanish, conquistadores [kawng-kees-tah-thaw-res] .
one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.

1540–50; < Spanish equivalent to conquist(ar) to conquer (see conquest) + -ador -ator Unabridged
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conquistador (kɒnˈkwɪstəˌdɔː, Spanish konkistaˈðor)
n , pl -dors, -dores
an adventurer or conqueror, esp one of the Spanish conquerors of the New World in the 16th century
[C19: from Spanish, from conquistar to conquer; see conquest]

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Word Origin & History

1830, from Sp. conquistador, lit. "conqueror," noun of action from conquistar "to conquer," from V.L. conquistare, from L. conquistus, pp. of conquirere "to seek for" (see conquer).
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Example sentences
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.
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