or com·pra·dore

[ kom-pruh-dawr ]
/ ˌkɒm prəˈdɔr /


(formerly in China) a native agent or factotum, as of a foreign business house.

Origin of comprador

1605–15; < Portuguese: buyer < Latin comparātor, equivalent to comparā(re) to furnish, provide, prepare (see com-, prepare) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌkɒmprəˈdɔː) /


(formerly in China and some other Asian countries) a native agent of a foreign enterprise

Word Origin for comprador

C17: from Portuguese: buyer, from Late Latin comparātor, from Latin comparāre to purchase, from parāre to prepare
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