com·​pra·​dor | \ ˌkäm-prə-ˈdȯr How to pronounce comprador (audio) \
variants: or compradore

Definition of comprador

1 : a Chinese agent engaged by a foreign establishment in China to have charge of its Chinese employees and to act as an intermediary in business affairs

Examples of comprador in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His grandfather was a comprador, or business intermediary, for Jardine Matheson, the British trading house, in its dealings between China and colonial Hong Kong. Jonathan Kandell,, "Stanley Ho, tycoon who built Macao’s gambling industry, at 98," 30 May 2020 His father, a comprador for Sassoon, another powerful British trading house, went broke during the 1930s and moved to Southeast Asia, leaving his family behind in poverty. Jonathan Kandell,, "Stanley Ho, tycoon who built Macao’s gambling industry, at 98," 30 May 2020 His great uncle was Sir Robert Hotung, the rich Eurasian comprador, who was the first Chinese man to live on Hong Kong's Peak, a wealthy district where only Westerners had been allowed to reside. Paul French, CNN, "Stanley Ho's escape to Macao in World War II laid the foundation for his fortune. But it wasn't without controversy," 30 May 2020

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First Known Use of comprador

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comprador

Portuguese comprador, literally, buyer

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The first known use of comprador was in 1840

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6 Jul 2020

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“Comprador.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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