Meaning of “conquistador” in the English Dictionary

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"conquistador" in British English

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conquistadornoun [ C ]

uk /kɒnˈkwɪs.tə.dɔːr/ us /kɑːnˈkiː.stə.dɔːr/

Examples from literature

  • Conquistadors and other European explorers did terrible things to native people so that they could get gold to take home. 
  • Conquistadors were Spanish or Portuguese explorers and soldiers who came to the Americas looking for land, adventure, and gold. 
  • Coronado was a conquistador. 
  • For over 60 years, Spanish conquistadors had taken incredible amounts of gold and silver from the many people and rich gold mines of North and South America. 
  • Then news of their gold came to the conquistadors. 
  • When the conquistadors arrived, they met many native people. 
  • It was this conquistador who was responsible for the second and permanent founding of the city of Buenos Aires. 
  • The conquistador nearly always risked much of his own before he set sail from his native land. 
  • This feeble civilization then received a more cruel shock than that which had been dealt it by the storming columns of the conquistadors. 

(Definition of “conquistador” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conquistador" in American English

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conquistadornoun [ C ]

/kənˈki·stəˌdɔr, kɑnˈkɪs·tə-/

world history a soldier during the 16th and 17th centuries who defeated people in the Americas and took their land for Spain

(Definition of “conquistador” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)