Comprador

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comprador A kind of steward or agent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comprador In Hong Kong and the treaty ports of China, a native agent or manager employed by foreign business houses as an intermediary in dealing with the natives, and as a general adviser and factotum. The comprador engages and is answerable for all the native employees of the firm.
    • n comprador A store-keeper or ship-chandler in the ports of China and the Indian archipelago.
    • n comprador A steward or butler in a private family.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pg., a buyer

Usage

In literature:

Felt soles scuffed in the darkness, and through the door, his yellow face wearing a placid and lofty grin, entered Ah Pat, the compradore.
"Dragon's blood" by Henry Milner Rideout
At the head of the whole household is the comprador, who is a kind of major-domo.
"A Woman's Journey Round the World" by Ida Pfeiffer
The compradore, however, agreed with him for the hundred dollars.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
Young Withers visualised his dignified compradore the figure of fun to irreverent American crowds.
"Civilization" by Ellen Newbold La Motte
In the afternoon, Captain Gillespie came off to the ship again, with a gang of coolies under a native comprador.
"Afloat at Last" by John Conroy Hutcheson
The Compradore however agreed with him for the hundred dollars.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
Ouseman, our compradore, and a rajah, told me he had three, all living peaceably together at his house.
"Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas" by W. Hastings Macaulay
Chinese merchants come from hundreds of miles around to trade with the foreigners or with the native "compradores" attached to foreign houses.
"Drugging a Nation" by Samuel Merwin
The real man who lies at the back of all this success is the Chinese compradore.
"Sidelights on Chinese Life" by J. Macgowan
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In news:

Los compradores corren buscando descuentos de Viernes Negro.
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