h. hernán cortés


[kawr-tez; Spanish kawr-tes]
Hernando [er-nahn-daw] , Hernán [er-nahn] , 1485–1547, Spanish conqueror of Mexico.
Also, Cortez.
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Cortes (ˈkɔːtɛz, Spanish ˈkortes)
the national assembly of Spain and (until 1910) Portugal
[C17: from Spanish, literally: courts, plural of corte court, from Latin cohorscohort]

Cortés or Cortez (ˈkɔːtɛz, Spanish korˈtes, kɔːˈtɛz)
Hernando (ɛrˈnando) or Hernán (ɛrˈnan). 1485--1547, Spanish conquistador: defeated the Aztecs and conquered Mexico (1523)
Cortez or Cortez

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1660s, legislative houses of Spain or Portugal, from Sp. and Port. pl. of corte, from L. cortem (see court).
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