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

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 Meanwhile, a curio cabinet in the corner of her bedroom houses a small army of ceramic figurines — kissing kangaroos and kitschy salt and pepper shakers — which also come to life for her on command. Peter Debruge, Variety, 12 June 2022 But don’t let that stop you from picking up a quirky new hobby that can beautify your corner curio cabinet and make a statement, all while piquing your interest in science. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 The film is a strange and beguiling curio that shows an artist wrapping up the seventh decade of his career with sadness and nostalgia but also with a resilient spirit. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Feb. 2022 This poignant and brutal new comedy traces one woman’s attempt to regain her memory while surrounded by a curio-cabinet of alarmingly bizarre characters. Baltimore Sun, 25 Mar. 2022 The shape not only beautifully hugs the curve of the wrist but also looks cool, opening up the view of the 3D composition like a modern curio cabinet on the wrist. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2022 Small dressers or chests can be night stands, and curio cabinets can make handsome bars or vanities. Helen Carefoot,, 6 Mar. 2022 Small dressers or chests can be nightstands, and curio cabinets can make handsome bars or vanities. Washington Post, 13 Oct. 2021 But the laptop in its current state is more curio than computer. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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17 Jun 2022

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“Curio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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