[kawr-tiz; Spanish kawr-tes]


(in Spain or Portugal) the two houses constituting the national legislative body.

Origin of Cortes

1660–70; < Spanish, plural of corte court


or Cor·tez

[kawr-tez; Spanish kawr-tes]


Her·nan·do [er-nahn-daw] /ɛrˈnɑn dɔ/Her·nán [er-nahn] /ɛrˈnɑn/, 1485–1547, Spanish conqueror of Mexico. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cortes

Contemporary Examples of cortes

  • According to Cortes, immigrants lower the prices of products consumed by highly educated consumers by 0.4 percent of GDP.

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    The Case for More Low-Skill Immigration

    Veronique de Rugy

    December 7, 2014

  • Cortes says the two Tea Party positions are not mutually exclusive, and Meckler says he agrees, to a point.

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    The Tea Party Splinters

    Patricia Murphy

    July 2, 2011

Historical Examples of cortes

British Dictionary definitions for cortes



the national assembly of Spain and (until 1910) Portugal

Word Origin for Cortes

C17: from Spanish, literally: courts, plural of corte court, from Latin cohors cohort


Cortez (kɔːˈtɛz)


Hernando (ɛrˈnando) or Hernán (ɛrˈnan). 1485–1547, Spanish conquistador: defeated the Aztecs and conquered Mexico (1523)
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Word Origin and History for cortes

1660s, legislative houses of Spain or Portugal, from Spanish and Portuguese plural of corte, from Latin cortem (see court (n.)).

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