[ kyoo-rey-ter, kyoo r-ey- for 1–3; kyoo r-uh-ter for 4 ]
/ kyʊˈreɪ tər, ˈkyʊər eɪ- for 1–3; ˈkyʊər ə tər for 4 /


the person in charge of a museum, art collection, etc.
a person who selects content for presentation, as on a website.
a manager; superintendent.
Law. a guardian of a minor, lunatic, or other incompetent, especially with regard to his or her property.

Nearby words

  1. curatic,
  2. curation,
  3. curative,
  4. curative dose,
  5. curatively,
  6. curatorial,
  7. curaçao,
  8. curb,
  9. curb ball,
  10. curb cut

Origin of curator

1325–75; < Latin, equivalent to cūrā(re) to care for, attend to (see cure) + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English curatour < Anglo-French < Latin as above

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British Dictionary definitions for curator


/ (kjʊəˈreɪtə) /


the administrative head of a museum, art gallery, or similar institution
law, mainly Scot a guardian of a minor, mentally ill person, etc
Derived Formscuratorial (ˌkjʊərəˈtɔːrɪəl), adjectivecuratorship, noun

Word Origin for curator

C14: from Latin: one who cares, from cūrāre to care for, from cūra care

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Word Origin and History for curator



mid-14c., from Latin curator "overseer, manager, guardian," agent noun from curatus, past participle of curare (see cure (v.)). Originally of those put in charge of minors, lunatics, etc.; meaning "officer in charge of a museum, library, etc." is from 1660s.

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