conservator

noun
con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər How to pronounce conservator (audio) , -və-ˌtȯr; ˈkän(t)-sər-ˌvā-tər\

Definition of conservator

1a : one that preserves from injury or violation : protector
b : one that is responsible for the care, restoration, and repair of archival or museum articles
2 : a person, official, or institution designated to take over and protect the interests of an incompetent
3 : an official charged with the protection of something affecting public welfare and interests

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Other Words from conservator

conservatorial \ kən-​ˌsər-​və-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce conservatorial (audio) , (ˌ)kän-​ \ adjective
conservatorship \ kən-​ˈsər-​və-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce conservatorship (audio) , -​və-​ˌtȯr-​ ; ˈkän(t)-​sər-​ˌvā-​tər-​ \ noun

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Her dedicated social media photographer documented everything, and her personal hair and makeup folks bowed over her like art conservators touching up a priceless painting. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "Madonna at Sixty," 5 June 2019 Last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, two conservators in lab coats struggled with a glove. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tulle Bombs and Tiny Gloves: How Two Conservators Dressed a Mannequin in Tomo Koizumi for “Camp: Notes on Fashion”," 8 May 2019 But upon closer examination, Mr. Warren said, conservators agreed it was painted by Mr. van Veen, a 16th-century Dutch painter and draftsman who became known for altarpiece decorations and his illustrations for emblem books. Laura M. Holson, New York Times, "A Lost Painting Is Rediscovered. Have You Checked Your Closets Lately?," 5 Apr. 2018 Spears's father Jamie is the conservator of her estate, meaning that Britney has not had full legal control of her finances and career for many years. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Britney Spears Responds in Instagram Video to Fans Concerned About Her Well-Being," 24 Apr. 2019 Unwitting conservators of the past used standard sticky tape to try and hold together famous but fragile treasures, such as the Dead Sea scrolls and drawings by filmmaker Federico Fellini. National Geographic, "Tape Is Ruining Priceless Art. This New Gel Can Fix It.," 23 May 2018 The exact nuances and minutia of Spears' conservatorship aren't widely available, but the fact that Jamie is her conservator—and has been for over a decade—is common knowledge. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's Why Britney Spears Fans Are Posting #FreeBritney All Over Social Media," 23 Apr. 2019 Despite the best efforts of museums and conservators, pieces in collections can be eaten by bugs, misplaced in storage, looted by invading armies or, say, burned according to the wishes of an angry prime minister’s spouse. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Digital Forensics Reconstructs Seven Lost Masterpieces," 7 May 2018 Schwartz and a team of volunteer conservators will begin preserving objects left at makeshift memorials for the 17 students and faculty killed in the massacre. Phillip Valys, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland volunteers work quickly to preserve Stoneman Douglas makeshift memorials," 10 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of conservator

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

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conservator

noun
con·​ser·​va·​tor | \ kən-ˈsər-və-tər, ˈkän-sər-ˌvā- How to pronounce conservator (audio) \

Legal Definition of conservator

1 : 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
2 : 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

Other Words from conservator

conservatorship noun

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