con·​quis·​ta·​dor | \ kän-ˈkē-stə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce conquistador (audio) , kən- also -ˈkwi-, -ˈki-\
plural conquistadores\ (ˌ)kän-​ˌkē-​stə-​ˈdȯr-​ēz How to pronounce conquistadores (audio) , -​ˈdȯr-​ˌās , kən-​ ; (ˌ)kän-​ˌkwi-​ , -​ˌki-​ \ or conquistadors

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

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The pageant depicted the re-entry of conquistador Don Diego de Vargas into Santa Fe after the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. Fox News, "New Mexico accord unveiled over event celebrating 'conquest'," 30 Aug. 2018 Spanish conquistador Vasco Nuñez de Balboa described expert divers swimming 7.9 meters (24 feet) down to pry oysters from the rocks. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Her reply was a reflection of her moxie, not of a sincere desire to raise an army of Bengali-speaking conquistadors. Reihan Salam, WSJ, "A Way Out of the Immigration Crisis," 21 Sep. 2018 The conquistadors used the seed of an avocado for ink. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "7 crazy avocado facts to help you celebrate National Avocado Day," 31 July 2018 And the tomb at Tel Megiddo offers the first evidence that people outside Mesoamerica also used vanilla about 2,000 to 3,000 years before the conquistadors carried it home from Mexico. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 There’s documentation of this, in writing by Mesoamericans themselves and in records from the Spanish conquistadors. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Chocolate has been around for millennia. New research suggests it’s even older than we thought.," 31 Oct. 2018 After the Mexican-American War ended in 1848 with the U.S. seizure of land previously seized from indigenous peoples by Spanish conquistadors and settlers, the area that now is Long Beach was sold to an American family of ranchers. WSJ, "Cal State Long Beach Has Only Begun Virtue," 30 Sep. 2018 Why not interview and feature the modern-day descendants of the Peruvian conquistadors? Town & Country, ""Got the Snaps?"," 13 June 2015

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First Known Use of conquistador

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conquistador

Spanish, ultimately from Latin conquirere — see conquer

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English Language Learners Definition of conquistador

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


con·​quis·​ta·​dor | \ kän-ˈkē-stə-ˌdȯr How to pronounce conquistador (audio) \
plural conquistadores\ -​ˌkē-​stə-​ˈdȯr-​ēz \ or conquistadors

Kids Definition of conquistador

: a leader in the Spanish conquest especially of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century

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