[kon-ser-vey-ter, kuh n-sur-vuh-]
  1. a person who conserves or preserves; preserver; protector.
  2. a person who repairs, restores, or maintains the condition of objects, as paintings or sculptures in an art museum, or books in a library.
  3. Law. a guardian; a custodian.
  4. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for conservatorship

Contemporary Examples of conservatorship

British Dictionary definitions for conservatorship


  1. a person who conserves or keeps safe; custodian, guardian, or protector
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for conservatorship

1640s, from conservator + -ship.



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper