cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər How to pronounce curator (audio) , ˈkyər-; kyu̇-ˈrā-; ˈkyu̇r-ə-, ˈkyər- How to pronounce curator (audio) \

Definition of curator

: one who has the care and superintendence of something especially : one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit

Other Words from curator

curatorial \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce curator (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ adjective
curatorship \ ˈkyu̇r-​ˌā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce curator (audio) , ˈkyər-​ ; kyu̇-​ˈrā-​ ; ˈkyu̇r-​ə-​ , ˈkyər-​ \ noun

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In a good-sized art museum, each curator is generally responsible for a single department or collection: European painting, Asian sculpture, Native American art, and so on. Curatorial duties include acquiring new artworks, caring for and repairing objects already owned, discovering frauds and counterfeits, lending artworks to other museums, and mounting exhibitions of everything from Greek sculpture to 20th-century clothing.

Examples of curator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Finally on Friday morning, an alert curator spotted what looked like a wallaby footprint and followed the tracks to a service area in the park. Theresa Waldrop And Melissa Alonso, CNN, 15 Apr. 2022 Ruff’s wife, Gloria, was an associate curator for the Brauer Museum of Art on campus at the university’s Center for the Arts, prior to the museum and gallery space shuttering for two years during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philip Potempa,, 6 Apr. 2022 The exhibition is organized by assistant curator Sophia Serrano. Sasha Urban, Variety, 21 Mar. 2022 Independent curator Gita Joshi, host of The Curator's Salon podcast, isn’t surprised at this quick embrace of technology. Suhita Shirodkar, Wired, 31 Jan. 2022 After the scan was complete, the Heritage Center’s curator, Angie Demma, invited the students to examine the robe more closely. Loren Holmes, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2022 Kelly began her career at Buckingham Palace 28 years ago as the Queen's Senior Dresser and rose to become Her Majesty's personal stylist, curator, wardrobe and in-house designer — and one of her closest confidantes. Stephanie Petit,, 5 May 2022 Felicity Cobbing, the chief curator at the Palestine Exploration Fund in London, which funds archaeological and historical research in Palestine, said the find could represent a new path for the Hamas authorities. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Born in India, Raja is an artist, curator, mentor and a strong proponent of collaboration. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of curator

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curator

borrowed from Latin cūrātor "one who looks after, superintendent, guardian," from cūrāre "to watch over, attend" + -tor, agent suffix — more at cure entry 2

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25 May 2022

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“Curator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər How to pronounce curator (audio) , kyu̇-ˈrā-, ˈkyu̇r-ə- \

Kids Definition of curator

: a person in charge of a museum or zoo


cu·​ra·​tor | \ ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər, kyu̇-ˈrā-tər How to pronounce curator (audio) \

Legal Definition of curator

in the civil law of Louisiana : a person appointed by a court to care for the property of an absent person or to care for the person or property of someone mentally incapable of doing so — compare committee, conservator, guardian, interdict, tutor

Other Words from curator

curatorship noun

History and Etymology for curator

Latin, guardian, from curare to take care of


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