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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A conqueror, especially one of the 16th-century Spanish soldiers who defeated the Indian civilizations of Mexico, Central America, or Peru.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conqueror, but especially one of the Spanish soldiers that invaded Central and South America in the 16th century and defeated the Incas and Aztecs

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A conqueror: applied to the conquerors of Spanish America.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an adventurer (especially one who led the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century)

Etymologies

Spanish, from conquistar, to conquer, from Vulgar Latin *conquīsītāre, frequentative of Latin conquīrere, to procure; see conquer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish conquistador. (Wiktionary)

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