conservator[kən sʉr′və tôr′, -vət ər; also kän′sər vāt′ər]
- a protector, guardian, or custodian
- a person whose work is the preservation, reconditioning, and restoration of works of art
Origin of conservatorMiddle English conservatour ; from Classical Latin conservator ; from past participle of conservare: see conserve
- A person in charge of maintaining or restoring valuable items, as in a museum or library.
- A protector or guardian: “a conservator of cherished values and regular order in governing institutions” (William Greider).
- Law One placed in charge of the property or personal affairs of an incompetent person.
- One who conserves, preserves or protects something.
- (law) A person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of another; similar to a guardian but with some powers of a trustee.
- An officer in charge of preserving the public peace, such as a justice or sheriff.
- (Roman Catholicism) A judge delegated by the pope to defend certain privileged classes of persons from manifest or notorious injury or violence, without recourse to a judicial process.
- A professional who works on the conservation and restoration of objects, particularly artistic objects.