cu·​rio ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō How to pronounce curio (audio)
plural curios
: something (such as a decorative object) considered novel, rare, or bizarre : curiosity
also : an unusual or bizarre person

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
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Word History


short for curiosity

First Known Use

1849, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curio was in 1849

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Cite this Entry

“Curio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


cu·​rio ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō How to pronounce curio (audio)
plural curios
: an object or article valued because it is strange or rare

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