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or com·pra·dore

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

1605–15; < Portuguese: buyer < Latin comparātor, equivalent to comparā(re) to furnish, provide, prepare (see com-, prepare) + -tor -tor
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Examples from the Web for comprador

Historical Examples of comprador

  • At the head of the whole household is the comprador, who is a kind of major-domo.

    A Woman's Journey Round the World

    Ida Pfeiffer

  • The comprador sent word aboard at four bells, he couldnt hold his sampan men much longer.


    George Allan England

  • She was not long out from England, and a comprador order was as yet an unnatural phenomenon to her.

    Intimate China

    Mrs. Archibald Little

  • As a matter of fact, the comprador generally grew rich at the expense of his employer.

  • The comprador provides stores, and all the necessary provisions for the ship, while she remains in port.

British Dictionary definitions for comprador



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