conquistador

[ 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.

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Origin of conquistador

1540–50; < Spanish equivalent to conquist(ar) to conquer (see conquest) + -ador -ator
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British Dictionary definitions for conquistadores

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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Culture definitions for conquistadores

conquistadores

[ (kong-kees-tuh-dawr-ays, kong-kees-tuh-dawr-eez) ]

The Spanish military leaders who established Spanish rule in the New World by overthrowing Native American governments. (See Hernando Cortés and Francisco Pizarro.)

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