conquistador

noun
con·quis·ta·dor | \kän-ˈkē-stə-ˌdȯr, kən- also -ˈkwi-, -ˈki-\
plural conquistadores\(ˌ)kän-ˌkē-stə-ˈdȯr-ēz, -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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Following the 16th-century arrival of the Spanish conquistadors, the project was abandoned, leaving the site untouched until its 1910 rediscovery by Emiliano Zapata’s revolutionary forces. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramid," 12 July 2018 The American tomato, with its origins in what is now Mexico and South America, was introduced to Europeans and North Americans by the Spanish conquistadors, and by the 19th century had become a ubiquitous garden plant. Amy Bentley, BostonGlobe.com, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 2018 But historians and archaeologists knew the conquistadors were prone to exaggerating the horrors of human sacrifice to demonize the Mexica culture. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 The American tomato, with its origins in what is now Mexico and South America, was introduced to Europeans and North Americans by the Spanish conquistadors, and by the 19th century had become a ubiquitous garden plant. Amy Bentley, BostonGlobe.com, "Is ketchup the perfect complement to the American diet?," 10 June 2018 Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, the Spanish conquistadors, George Washington—all rode Arabians. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Rodeo came to the New World with the conquistadors, along with horses and cattle. Melissa Lyttle, Smithsonian, "The First Family of Rodeo," 13 Dec. 2017 Some conquistadors wrote about the tzompantli and its towers, estimating that the rack alone contained 130,000 skulls. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018 But the Spanish conquistadors who marched into Tenochtitlan in 1519 saw them differently. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "Feeding the gods: Hundreds of skulls reveal massive scale of human sacrifice in Aztec capital," 21 June 2018

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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

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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 \
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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