[kon-der, -dawr]
  1. either of two large, New World vultures of the family Cathartidae, Gymnogyps californianus (California condor) or Vultur gryphus (Andean condor), the largest flying birds in the Western Hemisphere: the California condor is almost extinct; the Andean condor is greatly reduced in number and rare in many areas.
  2. a former coin of Chile equal to 10 pesos.
  3. a former coin of Ecuador equal to 10 sucres.

Origin of condor

1595–1605; < Spanish < American Spanish < Quechua kuntur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for condor

Historical Examples of condor

  • Darwin has noted that the condor was only to be found in the neighborhood of such cliffs.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • For I knew that I could both fight and tell lies, besides defying the Condor.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Condor walked to his accustomed seat at the head of the table.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • Edgar had now lost the companionship both of Condor and Wilkinson.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

  • Condor had to go on the sick-list half an hour after the fight was over.

    At Aboukir and Acre

    George Alfred Henty

British Dictionary definitions for condor


  1. either of two very large rare New World vultures, Vultur gryphus (Andean condor), which has black plumage with white around the neck, and Gymnogyps californianus (California condor), which is similar but nearly extinct

Word Origin for condor

C17: from Spanish cóndor, from Quechuan kuntur
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for condor

c.1600, from American Spanish, from Quechua cuntur, the native name for the bird.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper