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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for curios
Historical Examples
  • He spoke exactly as if he had been a collector who had been roaming the world for curios.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Thou knowest, also, amigo Rafael, that I have been a gatherer of curios.

  • Quoth Thomas scornfully, "curios be blowed, put 'em in the beggars!"

    A Yeoman's Letters

    P. T. Ross
  • I am going at last to see my mother, to recover my curios, my books!

    Sac-Au-Dos Joris Karl Huysmans
  • The curios were very fond of Von Barwig, and he took quite an interest in them.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein
  • These baskets have the air of a collection of curios behind the glass.

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

    Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt
  • "Clothes and curios from foreign parts," said the witness coolly.

    The Green Mummy Fergus Hume
  • Well, sir, when you blow in there you'll see a roomful of curios.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
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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