[ kyoor-ee-oh ]
/ ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ /
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noun, plural cu·ri·os.
any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
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Origin of curio
First recorded in 1850–55; shortened from curiosity
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How to use curio in a sentence
Knowing that we were anxious to collect such curios as were available, he produced all kinds of things for our inspection.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
They come from the Sister Isle, where there are still curios to be met with.
Some of the most wonderful curios have been cut by hand, fashioned with skill.
"Mr. Lyne was very fond of distributing the curios he brought from the East to his friends," he went on.The Daffodil Mystery|Edgar Wallace
His grandmother sat over her accounts at her desk in a corner among her curios.Children of the Whirlwind|Leroy Scott
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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