[kon-ser-vey-ter, kuh n-sur-vuh-]


a person who conserves or preserves; preserver; protector.
a person who repairs, restores, or maintains the condition of objects, as paintings or sculptures in an art museum, or books in a library.
Law. a guardian; a custodian.
British. a person employed by the conservancy commission; a conservation worker.

Origin of conservator

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tor -tor
Related formscon·serv·a·to·ri·al [kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjectivecon·ser·va·tor·ship, nounsub·con·ser·va·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for conservator

custodian, curator, keeper, guardian, protector

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a person who conserves or keeps safe; custodian, guardian, or protector
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Word Origin and History for conservator

c.1400, from Anglo-French conservatour, from Latin conservator "keeper, preserver, defender," agent noun of conservare (see conserve).

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