pre·​par·​a·​tor | \ pri-ˈper-ə-tər How to pronounce preparator (audio) , pri-ˈpa-rə-tər \

Definition of preparator

: one that prepares specifically : a person who prepares scientific specimens or museum displays

Examples of preparator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Michael Schmauder, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s lead preparator, created a copy of Apple Corps’ front door. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 14 May 2022 Alison Douglas, an artist, and preparator at the Queensland Museum created an illustration of the prehistoric sea scorpion. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 Feb. 2022 Now retired, Adams was a longtime LACMA preparator, tasked with collection care and art installation. Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2021 In 1959, Cohen took a civil service exam to be a preparator — someone who sets up and tears down installations — at the Oakland Art Gallery (later merged into OMCA). Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 July 2021 The next day, Hodnett met with Tom Suazo, the museum’s fossil preparator, who showed him several other fossils that paleontologists had found nearby. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Apr. 2021 Local preparator Margarito González González, the only Mexican co-author on the paper, cleaned and prepared the fossil. Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Science | AAAS, 15 Apr. 2021 The center employs 64 stockkeepers, a media preparator, a kitchen assistant and five dishwashing personnel. Star Tribune, 25 Dec. 2020 Claude Booker and Cecil Fergerson, art preparators at the museum, had formed the group in the aftermath of the 1965 Watts rebellion to agitate for diversified programming. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of preparator

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparator

early Scots preparatore, borrowed from Late Latin praeparātor, from Latin praeparāre "to prepare" + -tor, agent suffix

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26 May 2022

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“Preparator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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