American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A conqueror, especially one of the 16th-century Spanish soldiers who defeated the Indian civilizations of Mexico, Central America, or Peru.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A conqueror: applied to the conquerors of Spanish America.
- 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
- n. an adventurer (especially one who led the Spanish conquest of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century)
- From Spanish conquistador. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Justo Sierra, the turn-of-the century Mexican educator, said that "the grocer, not the conquistador, is the real Spanish father of Mexican society", succinctly summing up the tremendous importance of the dietary changes brought on by Spanish colonization.”
“In his book, Milicia y descripción de Las Indias, which might be described as a conquistador's handbook, Vargas Machuca devotes a special chapter to the treatment of wounds and illness.”
“Fitzcarraldo, which concerns a so-called "conquistador of the useless" who wants to build an opera house in the Peruvian jungle and who orchestrates a boat being pulled across a mountain, he says: "You are talking so far in retrospect-that's three decades back.”
“Several of his officers had observed this to him, and especially Orgoños, who proposed that the two brothers of the "conquistador" should be put to death, and that”
“In finishing this portrait of the "conquistador," we shall quote the upright and veracious Bernal Diaz, with whose sentiments we fully agree.”
“The man looked like a "conquistador" and the woman had "flowing red hair.”
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“Good intention often thwarted by the 'conquistador' syndrome”
“conquistador" had no longer anything to expect from government.”
“As Spanish conquistador Cortés 'forces continue their siege of Tenochtitlan, the Aztec capital, they deliberately break the Chapultepec aqueduct (the city's main fresh water supply) in order to force the Aztecs to surrender.”
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