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 conquistador (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 Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortez conquered the Aztecs and colonized Mexico, Castillo said. Gloria Casas, Chicago Tribune, 13 Sep. 2022 The name and the friendly conquistador mascot have gone away. al, 23 June 2022 Guatemalan photographer, Juan Brenner, whose work was also exhibited at PhotoVogue Festival 2021, focused on his Guatemalan origins by researching the history of legendary Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado (1484-1541). Rica Cerbarano, Vogue, 9 Sep. 2022 There are history lessons that come to life before our eyes — about the Mexican-American War and the atrocities committed by Hernán Cortés, the 16th-century Spanish conquistador of Mexico. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 1 Sep. 2022 Conservative talk radio host and former mayoral candidate Eddy Aragon also criticized the decision, especially in light of a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Oñate being removed in Albuquerque. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 Aug. 2022 The recovered items range from simple arrowheads from a private collection in Portland, Ore., to 16th-century documents written by Spanish conquistador Hernán Córtes, Mexican officials say. Robert P. Walzer, WSJ, 30 July 2022 In 1540, Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led an armed expedition of more than 2,500 Europeans and Mexican-Indian allies through what is now Mexico and the American Southwest in search of riches. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2022 In 1540, Spanish conquistador Francisco Vázquez de Coronado led an armed expedition of more than 2,500 Europeans and Mexican-Indian allies through what is now Mexico and the American Southwest in search of riches. CBS News, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Conquistador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conquistador. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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