noun (plural conquistadores /-ˌkēstəˈdôrēz/ /-ās/ /-ˌk(w)istə-/ or conquistadors)
A conqueror, especially one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century.
- In order to encourage social acceptance of such unions, Anglos claimed that elite Mexican women were the racially pure descendants of the Spanish conquistadores.
- And they were here for less than a century before they fled the Spanish conquistadors who arrived in Peru in 1532.
- The Spaniards knew that they could not take on the whole Aztec Empire since they were so many compared to the number of conquistadors.
Mid 19th century: Spanish.
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