pre·​par·​a·​tor pri-ˈper-ə-tər How to pronounce preparator (audio)
: one that prepares
specifically : a person who prepares scientific specimens or museum displays

Examples of preparator in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Darren Tanke, a fossil preparator at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Alberta, found the specimen in the province’s Dinosaur Provincial Park and delicately removed it from the rock in which it was encased. Jeanne Timmons, Scientific American, 8 Dec. 2023 Another preparator, Celeste Carballo, who wore a blue jumpsuit, was applying hairy tufts with a hot-glue gun. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 For 17 years, scientists (including paleontologists, geologists and fossil preparators) have worked on a project involving a unique type of titanosaurus. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2023 She was joined by Angelina Lippert, the museum’s lead curator, and Rob Leonardi, the exhibition’s preparator and fabricator. Adlan Jackson, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 Beneath it, Blasto Onyango, head preparator of the National Museums of Kenya, found a huge hominin molar. Byann Gibbons,, 9 Feb. 2023 Tynsky’s horse, with the limestone coating carefully cleaned off by a preparator, quickly attracted a $1 million offer, rumored to be from the Field Museum. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of preparator was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Preparator.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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