curator

noun
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

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Other Words from curator

curatorial \ ˌkyu̇r-​ə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce curatorial (audio) , ˌkyər-​ \ adjective
curatorship \ ˈkyu̇r-​ˌā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce curatorship (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.

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There were always dogs, Gregory R. Weidman, curator for both the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site, tells SELF. Jen A. Miller, SELF, "When My Dog Died, I Discovered a Thriving Pet Funeral Industry I Never Knew Existed," 9 Apr. 2019 Then there’s Gretchen (the inimitable Toni Collette), another major player who ditches her curator role for a new position as art advisor, seemingly for the sheer pleasure of annoying her former colleagues. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Netflix's Velvet Buzzsaw Shouldn't Work—But It (Mostly) Does," 3 Feb. 2019 There’s a Steam curator dedicated to WINE-compatible games, multiple websites (including part of WINE’s) dedicated to the same, and so on. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux and Mac, code deep-dive finds," 16 Aug. 2018 Nonprofit organizations and businesses can also serve as curators. Alison Lake, Washington Post, "Resident Curator program offers a historic Virginia home for lease. Repairs needed.," 27 May 2018 Nelson continued to be the driving force behind the collection of local historical memorabilia, farming equipment and implements and served as the museum's curator until his death. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Funeral service set for Johnny Nelson, longtime Katy official," 23 Jan. 2018 Organized by Kasia Redzisz, senior curator at Tate Liverpool, the exhibition will feature 40 artists, most of them women. Natalia Rachlin, WSJ, "A New Museum is Putting This Swiss Alps Town on the Map," 12 Dec. 2018 Helping fill in the gap are other folks, including a curator at the Victoria & Albert museum who treats some of Westwood's designs with a reverence bordering on awe. Kenneth Turan, chicagotribune.com, "'Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist' review: Fashion designer 'a force to be reckoned with'," 11 July 2018 Kirsten Jensen, the former Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest chief curator at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, told the Inquirer last year. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Robert M. Engman, 91, creator of sculptures great and small," 10 July 2018

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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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curator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curator

: a person who is in charge of the things in a museum, zoo, etc.

curator

noun
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

curator

noun
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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