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 example, a year ago, Bryson DeChambeau was still an eccentric curio on the PGA Tour, known more for his quirks than his accomplishments. New York Times, "Without Tiger Woods, the Masters Leaderboard Is a Blank Slate," 6 Apr. 2021 Their peculiar brand of online hyper-reality is presented almost as a curio: exhibit A of what Macdonald didn't ask for, but a part of today's reality nonetheless. Thomas Page, CNN, "'They're braver than I am': How Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald turned 300,000 videos into his latest film," 23 Feb. 2021 Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet, a strange little curio from Argentine filmmaker Ana Katz, which was also made pre-pandemic. Rachel Handler, Vulture, "The Indie-Film Pandemic Is Upon Us," 3 Feb. 2021 An amusing curio about Rebekah Harkness, the eccentric widow of an oil scion, who built the Rhode Island mansion Swift would purchase (all cash) in 2013. Nate Jones, Vulture, "All 179 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked," 11 Jan. 2021 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

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Curio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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