[ kon-kwis-tuh-dawr, kong-; Spanish kawng-kees-tah-th awr ]
/ kɒnˈkwɪs təˌdɔr, kɒŋ-; Spanish kɔŋˌkis tɑˈðɔr /

noun, plural con·quis·ta·dors, Spanish con·quis·ta·do·res [kawng-kees-tah-th aw-res] /kɔŋˌkis tɑˈðɔ rɛs/.

one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.


Nearby words

  1. conquer,
  2. conquerer,
  3. conqueror,
  4. conquest,
  5. conquian,
  6. conquistadores,
  7. conrad,
  8. conrad i,
  9. conrad ii,
  10. conrad iii

Origin of conquistador

1540–50; < Spanish equivalent to conquist(ar) to conquer (see conquest) + -ador -ator Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conquistador


/ (kɒnˈkwɪstəˌdɔː, Spanish konkistaˈðor) /

noun plural -dors or -dores (Spanish -ˈðores)

an adventurer or conqueror, esp one of the Spanish conquerors of the New World in the 16th century

Word Origin for conquistador

C19: from Spanish, from conquistar to conquer; see conquest

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Word Origin and History for conquistador



1830, from Spanish conquistador, literally "conqueror," noun of action from conquistar "to conquer," from Vulgar Latin conquistare, from Latin conquistus, past participle of conquirere "to seek for" (see conquer).

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