- (formerly in China) a native agent or factotum, as of a foreign business house.
Origin of comprador
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At the head of the whole household is the comprador, who is a kind of major-domo.A Woman's Journey Round the World
The comprador sent word aboard at four bells, he couldnt hold his sampan men much longer.Cursed
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 Englishman in China During the Victorian Era, Vol. I (of 2)
The comprador provides stores, and all the necessary provisions for the ship, while she remains in port.
- (formerly in China and some other Asian countries) a native agent of a foreign enterprise
C17: from Portuguese: buyer, from Late Latin comparātor, from Latin comparāre to purchase, from parāre to prepare
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