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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
1850-55; shortened from curiosity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It was entertaining to watch the crowds, and lots of the curios were very nice.

    A Journal from Japan Marie Carmichael Stopes
  • Quoth Thomas scornfully, "curios be blowed, put 'em in the beggars!"

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • At most of the villages the natives come to the beach with goods for sale, but the price of curios is too great here to tempt me.

  • The curios were very fond of Von Barwig, and he took quite an interest in them.

    The Music Master Charles Klein
  • As if this were not enough, the room was filled with Egyptian curios from floor to ceiling.

    Pharos, The Egyptian Guy Newell Boothby
  • I am a collector of Eastern curios, but there is one thing I have never been able to obtain.'

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • His grandmother sat over her accounts at her desk in a corner among her curios.

  • He spoke exactly as if he had been a collector who had been roaming the world for curios.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • He lives in a luxuriously appointed home, with many fine pictures and works of art and curios which it is enjoyable to have.

  • Antiquity itself is only a recommendation if we are collectors of curios.

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for curios


noun (pl) -rios
a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
Word Origin
C19: shortened from curiosity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for curios



"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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