nounpl. con·quis′ta·dors· or con·quis·ta·dor′es·
any of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico, Peru, or other parts of America in the 16th cent.
Origin of conquistadorSp, conqueror from conquistar, to conquer, defeat from past participle of Vulgar Latin an unverified form conquaerere: see conquer
nounpl. con·quis·ta·dors, or con·quis·ta·dor·es
A conqueror, especially one of the 16th-century Spanish soldiers who defeated the Indian civilizations of Mexico, Central America, or Peru.
Origin of conquistadorSpanish from conquistar to conquer from Vulgar Latin conquīsītāre frequentative of Latin conquīrere to procure ; see conquer .
(plural conquistadors or conquistadores)
From Spanish conquistador.