- one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
Origin of conquistador
Examples from the Web for conquistador
And now the time arrives when the star of the Conquistador is to wane and set.
Fortune on this occasion favoured the Conquistador in a remarkable way.
He was the conquistador out of date—the gold-seeker run to seed.Pablo de Segovia, the Spanish Sharper
Francisco de Quevedo
He is one of the conquistador type, who first lost his way in literature.Paul Verlaine
So the Spanish conquistador may have looked who took the place in the sixteenth century.Where the Pavement Ends
- an adventurer or conqueror, esp one of the Spanish conquerors of the New World in the 16th century
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).