curio

noun
cu·​rio | \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō, 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

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It was founded in 1860 to house chancellor Charles Nicholson’s private collection of curios, now the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most prestigious showcase of antiquities. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Museums in Sydney," 23 Mar. 2018 At an entrance of the University of Florida’s Steinmetz Hall, home of what one university survey rates as the world’s top entomology department, sits a display case of bejeweled curios. Jack Payne, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Insects as art: How Florida can overcome the yuck factor," 9 July 2018 Chicago was struck by the way their art-making was tucked between laundry and cooking, their work displayed among toys and family curios. Sasha Weiss, New York Times, "Judy Chicago, the Godmother," 7 Feb. 2018 Seldom seen in New York since its Broadway debut in 1943, the show now plays as a beguiling curio. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 The new location also will have seasonal boils from shrimp to crawfish and a New Orleans-style retail area selling curios, collectibles and specialty food items. Joyce Smith, kansascity, "Beignets, gumbo & more: City Market cafe adding Westport location," 25 June 2018 So that’s what Alvaro Rivera and other artisans in one small Colombian town along the Venezuelan border are doing — using the once mighty bolivar as raw material to make handbags, bird sculptures and other curios. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Venezuela's currency is worth so little that artisans are making purses out it," 20 June 2018 Some curios carry an estimate as low as $100 (a set of Harvard cuff links), while other pieces top $70 million (a Henri Matisse that hung in the Westchester living room). Gerard Baker, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 11 Apr. 2018 The cozy space is filled with curios, a Buddhist shrine, a lending library, a rack of local postcards, board games and layers of notices about local events. Anchorage Daily News, "The best part of waking up: Dive into Anchorage’s coffee culture," 3 May 2018

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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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curio

noun

English Language Learners Definition of curio

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

curio

noun
cu·​rio | \ˈkyu̇r-ē-ˌō \
plural curios

Kids Definition of curio

: a rare or unusual article : curiosity

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