[kon-kwis-tuh-dawr, kong-; Spanish kawng-kees-tah-th awr]

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.

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

Related Words for conquistador

winner, victor, vanquisher

Examples from the Web for conquistador

Historical Examples of conquistador

  • And now the time arrives when the star of the Conquistador is to wane and set.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Fortune on this occasion favoured the Conquistador in a remarkable way.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • He was the conquistador out of date—the gold-seeker run to seed.

  • He is one of the conquistador type, who first lost his way in literature.

    Paul Verlaine

    Stefan Zweig

  • So the Spanish conquistador may have looked who took the place in the sixteenth century.

British Dictionary definitions for conquistador


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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper