from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An intermediary; a go-between.
- n. A native-born agent in China and certain other Asian countries formerly employed by a foreign business to serve as a collaborator or intermediary in commercial transactions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An intermediary.
- n. A native of a colonised country who acts as the agent of the coloniser.
- n. A ship's chandler in the Far East.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of steward or agent.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hong Kong and the treaty ports of China, a native agent or manager employed by foreign business houses as an intermediary in dealing with the natives, and as a general adviser and factotum. The comprador engages and is answerable for all the native employees of the firm.
- n. A store-keeper or ship-chandler in the ports of China and the Indian archipelago.
- n. A steward or butler in a private family.
Portuguese, from Late Latin comparātor, buyer, from Latin comparāre, to buy : com-, com- + parāre, to get.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Portuguese comprador ("buyer"), from comprar ("to buy") + -dor ("(agent)"), from Latin comparō ("I buy"). (Wiktionary)