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[kyoo r-ee-oh] /ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ/
noun, plural curios.
any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
Origin of curio
First recorded in 1850-55; shortened from curiosity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Besides the bounty she received she was given $2 for the hide by a curio dealer.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail Burt L. Standish
  • How does Perkinsville look with that—with that curio squattin' on top of it?

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • They're like everything else sold by curio dealers—all humbug.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • curio wished me to have been there, and says nothing could have been more propitious.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • But not the whole; for curio left me not till he had shown how each had died.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • curio is a good friend of mine; will it please you to hear these things from his own lips?'

    Aurelian William Ware
  • I am the bosom friend, you may know, of curio, the favorite slave of Fronto—'

    Aurelian William Ware
  • But what is there in the heart of Pronto that is kept from curio?

    Aurelian William Ware
British Dictionary definitions for curio


noun (pl) -rios
a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
Word Origin
C19: shortened from curiosity
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Word Origin and History for curio

"piece of bric-a-brac from the Far East," 1851, shortened form of curiosity (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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