[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 conquistadores

winner, victor, vanquisher

Examples from the Web for conquistadores

Contemporary Examples of conquistadores

Historical Examples of conquistadores

  • The next century after Columbus was called the Age of the Conquistadores.

  • Here are the Conquistadores grouped, Cortes and his associates.


    Charles Reginald Enock

  • Why was their civilization decadent, finished when the conquistadores discovered it?


    Philip Wylie

  • Horses were not known in Anahuac until after the advent of the Conquistadores.


    Susan Hale

  • He would grind down the people as the Conquistadores did their ancestors.

British Dictionary definitions for conquistadores


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
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 conquistadores



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

conquistadores in Culture


[(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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