- any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
Origin of curio
First recorded in 1850–55; shortened from curiosity
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Examples from the Web for curio
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But Wigs on the Green provides a lesson in something other than style and is something more than a curio.Can Fascism be Funny?
September 28, 2010
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?
They're like everything else sold by curio dealers—all humbug.
Curio wished me to have been there, and says nothing could have been more propitious.
But not the whole; for Curio left me not till he had shown how each had died.
- a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
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