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
Recent Examples on the Web Content by this author: The Shadow of Poland’s Past In most of Europe, the anniversary of the start of World War II was little more than a historical curio. Jonathan Gorvett, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 At the same time, and for all its zealous energy, the Who’s heady rock opera can’t help feeling like a curio: The album is from 1969, Pete Townshend and director Des McAnuff’s stage musical first hit Broadway in 1993, and this revival marks the latter’s 30th birthday. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 8 Apr. 2024 Teyssier’s past lives as a theatre actor and event planner keep him challenging traditional hospitality as a disrupter and storyteller: every soul-stirring scene is art-directed and choreographed to enchant, with delicate, tactile interiors, seductive scents and unexpected curios at every turn. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 Shealy sells skunk ape ball caps, camouflage T-shirts and bumper stickers in the curio shop run by his brother, Jack, at the pair’s dusty, sprawling campground in Ochopee on the Tamiami Trail. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 20 May 2024 Founded in 1997, the store carries new and used books, as well as a wide variety of curios. American Booksellers Association, USA TODAY, 18 May 2024 Across these strange and sometimes angular tracks, McMahon splices in sound bytes culled from YouTube, a Richard Pryor set, snippets of a J Dilla interview, and other sonic curios. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 19 Mar. 2024 The Bulldog just might be the biggest curio in Aston Martin history. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 2 June 2023 The bouquet sits in a shop that makes copies of old curios. Jackson Arn, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024

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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 22 Jun. 2024.

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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