curio

[kyoo r-ee-oh]
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Origin of curio

First recorded in 1850–55; shortened from curiosity
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Contemporary Examples of curio

Historical Examples of curio

  • Besides the bounty she received she was given $2 for the hide by a curio dealer.

  • How does Perkinsville look with that—with that curio squattin' on top of it?

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • They're like everything else sold by curio dealers—all humbug.

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • Curio wished me to have been there, and says nothing could have been more propitious.

    Aurelian

    William Ware

  • But not the whole; for Curio left me not till he had shown how each had died.

    Aurelian

    William Ware


British Dictionary definitions for curio

curio

noun plural -rios
  1. a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual

Word Origin for curio

C19: shortened from curiosity
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Word Origin and History for curio
n.

"piece of bric-a-brac from the Far East," 1851, shortened form of curiosity (n.).

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