a Jew living in Spain or Portugal during the Spanish Inquisition who converted to Christianity under threat of persecution: cf. Marrano
Origin of conversoSp, a convert
A Spanish or Portuguese Jew who converted outwardly to Christianity in the late Middle Ages so as to avoid persecution or expulsion, though often continuing to practice Judaism in secret.
Origin of ConversoSpanish a convert from converso converted from Medieval Latin conversus from Latin past participle of convertere to turn around, convert ; see convert .
From Spanish converso.