[ kyoo-rey-ter, kyoor-ey- for 1-3; kyoor-uh-ter for 4 ]
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  1. the person in charge of a museum, art collection, etc.

  2. a person who selects content for presentation, as on a website.

  1. a manager; superintendent.

  2. Law. a guardian of a minor or any other person who is unable to care for their own affairs, especially with regard to their property.

Origin of curator

First recorded in 1325–75; from Latin, equivalent to cūrā(re) “to care for, attend to” (see cure) + -tor -tor

Other words from curator

  • cu·ra·to·ri·al [kyoor-uh-tawr-ee-uhl, -tohr-], /ˌkyʊər əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
  • cu·ra·tor·ship, noun
  • sub·cu·ra·tor, noun
  • sub·cu·ra·to·ri·al, adjective
  • sub·cu·ra·tor·ship, noun

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How to use curator in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for curator


/ (kjʊəˈreɪtə) /

  1. the administrative head of a museum, art gallery, or similar institution

  2. law, mainly Scot a guardian of a minor, mentally ill person, etc

Origin of curator

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

Derived forms of curator

  • curatorial (ˌkjʊərəˈtɔːrɪəl), adjective
  • curatorship, noun

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