[ kyoo r-ee-oh ]
/ ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ /

noun, plural cu·ri·os.

any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.

Origin of curio

First recorded in 1850–55; shortened from curiosity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for curio


/ (ˈkjʊərɪˌəʊ) /

noun plural -rios

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



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

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