con·​ser·​va·​tor kən-ˈsər-və-tər How to pronounce conservator (audio)
: one that preserves from injury or violation : protector
: one that is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum articles
: a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent
: an official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests
conservatorial adjective
kən-ˈsər-və-tər-ˌship How to pronounce conservator (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Girardi's brother and conservator, Dr. Robert Girardi, said Thomas Girardi receives $3,000 per month in Social Security and has no other income. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 3 Mar. 2023 Krista Blessley, the abbey's paintings conservator, is giving the chair a surface clean with sponges and cotton swabs, to remove ingrained dirt, Britain's PA Media reported. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, 1 Mar. 2023 The other was Emily MacDonald-Korth, an art conservator and forensic specialist with her own laboratory, Longevity Art Preservation in Miami. Ralph Blumenthal, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2023 Almost ready on a gold mannequin is the Lil Nas X outfit that Kaori Motaung, textile conservator, is preparing. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2023 The discovery began with Serena Urry, the museum’s chief conservator, who was conducting a routine inspection of the cherished Cézanne. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Dec. 2022 Girardi’s younger brother Robert, who was appointed as his conservator two years ago, attended the hearing and agreed to sign an affidavit promising his brother’s appearances in the proceedings, on penalty of $250,000. Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2023 The bar counsel of the state’s Attorney Grievance Commission, which upholds the rules of professional conduct, filed a petition Jan. 26 recommending that Murphy be named the conservator of the Angelos firm. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 2 Feb. 2023 Roland Sledge, 68, pleaded guilty Feb. 25 to first-degree theft of property in connection with the raiding the accounts of three juveniles whom he was appointed conservator. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of conservator was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Conservator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition


con·​ser·​va·​tor kən-ˈsər-və-tər, ˈkän-sər-ˌvā- How to pronounce conservator (audio)
: a person, official, or institution appointed by a court to take over and manage the estate of an incompetent compare committee, curator, guardian, receiver, tutor
: a public official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests
specifically : an official placed in charge of a bank because its affairs are not in a satisfactory condition
conservatorship noun
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