curio

noun
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

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Flashback to the spring of 1893: The World’s Columbian Exposition had brought a parade of curios to Chicago’s lakeshore. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The Humboldt alligator is all the rage, but the 1893 World’s Fair gators in Jackson Park are the original creatures from the Chicago lagoon," 28 June 2019 Nowhere was the contrast more apparent than Dongtai Lu Antique Market, where the bustling streets of the Old City overflowed with curios, Mao memorabilia and delicious street food. Dallas News, "Shanghai surprise: New overtakes old as a photographer revisits China's second largest city," 19 June 2019 The intent may have been to randomize, but her distinct taste nevertheless results in a provocative collection of digital curios. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "How One Honolulu-Based Artist Gets Dressed to Work in Paradise," 7 Mar. 2019 Waite & Peirce, always a mainstay, is a terrific curio shop filled with trinkets, jewelry, home goods, and historical reproductions. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Our stockings hang in their new holiday home on a curio shelf. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce curio (audio) \
plural curios

Kids Definition of curio

: a rare or unusual article : curiosity

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