conquistador

noun
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

Examples of conquistador in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The dangers that armed militias bring with them were laid bare this week in Albuquerque, where a 31-year-old was arrested in connection with a shooting that injured a protester seeking the removal of a statue of a Spanish conquistador. Anchorage Daily News, "As protests spread to small-town America, militia groups respond with armed intimidation and online threats," 18 June 2020 The charges against Baca stem from a protest that turned violent in Albuquerque surrounding a sculpture of Juan de Oñate, the Spanish conquistador who established the colony of New Mexico over 400 years ago. CNN, "New Mexico prosecutor criticizes police and drops top charge in Albuquerque protest shooting," 18 June 2020 The monument featured Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Nick Givas, Fox News, "New Mexico man charged after protest gunfire, as investigators say crowd 'appeared to maliciously pursue' him," 17 June 2020 The protesters had gathered to call for the removal of a statue honoring controversial conquistador Juan de Oñate, who established the colony of New Mexico for Spain and brutalized and enslaved Native Americans. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "1 Person Shot in New Mexico During a Protest Against a Statue of a Controversial Conquistador," 16 June 2020 And in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the FBI is helping police investigate a shooting that critically injured a man during a confrontation Monday night between protesters and armed men protecting the statue of a Spanish conquistador. Kate Brumback, The Christian Science Monitor, "After fatal shooting, Atlanta mayor commits to police reform," 16 June 2020 Albuquerque police arrested a man for shooting a protester Monday night during a fight that erupted when a group of people tried to remove the statue of a Spanish conquistador that was being guarded by armed civilians. Dan Frosch, WSJ, "Shooting During Conflict Over Statue Leads to Arrest in New Mexico," 16 June 2020 Protesters on Monday gathered in front of the Albuquerque Museum and called for the removal of a statue of conquistador Juan de Oñate, which was erected in the late 1990s. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Man arrested in shooting during Albuquerque protest over conquistador statue," 16 June 2020 Protesters made multiple calls to 911 after a man was shot during a protest in New Mexico over the removal of a conquistador statue. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Protesters call 911 after New Mexico shooting," 16 June 2020

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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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The first known use of conquistador was in 1830

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23 Jun 2020

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“Conquistador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conquistador. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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conquistador

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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

conquistador

noun
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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