[kyoo r-ee-oh]

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

Related Words for curios

antique, trinket, trifle, toy, bygone, bauble, collectible, whatnot, bibelot

Examples from the Web for curios

Historical Examples of curios

  • He spoke exactly as if he had been a collector who had been roaming the world for curios.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • Thou knowest, also, amigo Rafael, that I have been a gatherer of curios.

  • Quoth Thomas scornfully, "Curios be blowed, put 'em in the beggars!"

  • I am going at last to see my mother, to recover my curios, my books!


    Joris Karl Huysmans

  • The curios were very fond of Von Barwig, and he took quite an interest in them.

    The Music Master

    Charles Klein

British Dictionary definitions for curios


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 curios



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper