curio

[ kyoo r-ee-oh ]
/ ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ /

noun, plural cu·ri·os.

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

Nearby words

  1. curie point,
  2. curie's law,
  3. curie, marie,
  4. curie-weiss law,
  5. curing,
  6. curiosa,
  7. curiosity,
  8. curiosity killed the cat,
  9. curious,
  10. curiously

Origin of curio

First recorded in 1850–55; shortened from curiosity

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British Dictionary definitions for curio

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

curio

n.

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

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