cu·​rio | \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō How to pronounce curio (audio) , ˈkyər- \
plural curios

Definition of curio

: something (such as a decorative object) considered novel, rare, or bizarre : curiosity also : an unusual or bizarre person

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Examples of curio in a Sentence

She loves to browse the shops in small towns, looking for curios. be careful of the fragile curios on the end tables
Recent Examples on the Web For fans and customers, A&B Sporting Goods was always more than just a neighborhood store and sports curio shop where North Park moms and dads could buy uniforms, gloves and other apparel for their kids. San Diego Union-Tribune, "After 79 years, A&B Sporting Goods reaches the finish line," 25 Nov. 2020 Alex Begin just to showcase his ornate curio, at a cost of about $500,000. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "10 cool facts about the legendary Hudson's store in downtown Detroit," 23 Oct. 2020 Netflix inflates Crowley’s subculture curio, insisting that it be given the same dominant culture reverence as Albee’s masterpiece. Armond White, National Review, "A Segregated, Modernized Boys in the Band," 2 Oct. 2020 Daniel Dale has the truth-telling assignment for CNN, and his breathless debunking of 21 statements made by the president became an online curio on Friday. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Conventions highlight aggressive fact-check efforts," 28 Aug. 2020 While curio cabinets are usually found in traditional design schemes, don't fret if that's far from your decorating style. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "The Best Way to Use a Curio Cabinet," 23 May 2019 Whole taxidermied specimens are sold in Japan as curios. Justin Grubb, National Geographic, "Trade in sea turtle products is banned, but they’re still sold in Japan," 20 Sep. 2019 His apartment, in an upscale neighborhood of Santo Domingo, was a museum in its own right, with materials and curios that would be the envy of any archivist. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "Cuqui Cordova, the Dominican Republic’s Immortal Sports Historian," 12 Mar. 2020 With this loving nod to a new generation of Cohen fanatics, Zeppetelli and Shiffman prove that Cohen isn’t just a melancholic curio from folk music’s past -- but a funny, carnal and complex artist who still shapes the future. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Co-Curator of New Leonard Cohen Exhibit Explains Its Novel Approach to a Legend's Mind," 11 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of curio

1849, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for curio

short for curiosity

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The first known use of curio was in 1849

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1 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Curio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce curio (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of curio

: a small and unusual object that is considered interesting or attractive


cu·​rio | \ ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō How to pronounce curio (audio) \
plural curios

Kids Definition of curio

: a rare or unusual article : curiosity

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