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

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Recent Examples on the Web While many New Mexicans trace their family roots or legacy back to Oñate and celebrate his history, the conquistador was also described as a despot who inflicted violence on Indigenous populations — particularly the Pueblo people. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Not just Confederate statues: Indigenous activists want conquistadors, missionaries removed," 29 June 2020 It was slated for renaming because the school committee mistakenly thought it was named after a conquistador. Los Angeles Times, "Amid ‘huge tension,’ San Francisco set to formally suspend renaming of public schools," 6 Apr. 2021 Named for Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the Portuguese (some say Spanish) conquistador who in 1542 became the first European to set foot in California. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "These S.F. streets are named for people who were morally suspect, or worse, by school board standards," 5 Feb. 2021 Named for Hernan Cortes, Spanish conquistador whose victory over the Aztec empire was accompanied by mass slaughter. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "These S.F. streets are named for people who were morally suspect, or worse, by school board standards," 5 Feb. 2021 Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés arrived in Yucatán in early 1519 with 11 ships, 16 horses and about 600 men. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "In Mexico, Archaeologists Reveal a Story of Cannibalism and Conquest," 22 Jan. 2021 Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe were slave owners, and Vasco Nunez Balboa was a murderous conquistador. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Abraham Lincoln was once a hero. In some S.F. education circles, he’s now a bad guy," 14 Dec. 2020 USA Today, the materials used to construct the conquistador’s home match those of the 15th-century palace’s foundation. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Aztec Palace and House Built by Hernán Cortés Unearthed in Mexico City," 15 July 2020 In New Mexico, monuments to oppressors of Native Americans—such as Spanish conquistador Don Diego de Vargas—are toppling, as some activists call to honor Po’pay, organizer of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 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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“Conquistador.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conquistador. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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