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conquistador

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

Simple Definition of conquistador

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

Full Definition of conquistador

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

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

Origin of conquistador

Spanish, ultimately from Latin conquirere


First Known Use: 1830


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