noun con·quis·ta·dor \kän-ˈkēs-tə-ˌdr, kən- also -ˈkwis-, -ˈkis-\

: a leader in the Spanish conquests of America, Mexico, and Peru in the 16th century

plural con·quis·ta·do·res \(ˌ)kän-ˌkēs-tə-ˈdr-ēz, -ˈdr-ˌās, kən-; (ˌ)kän-ˌkwis-, -ˌkis-\ or con·quis·ta·dors

Full Definition of CONQUISTADOR

:  one that conquers; specifically :  a leader in the Spanish conquest of America and especially of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century


Spanish, ultimately from Latin conquirere
First Known Use: 1830

Other History Terms

agonistic, carpetbagger, enceinte, fief, historiography, paladin


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