The definition of a curator is a person responsible for maintaining and managing a museum or a collection in a library.
The person responsible for maintaining a collection of English china at an art museum is an example of a curator.
- a person in charge of a formal collection or exhibition, as at a museum or zoo
- Civil Law a guardian, as of a minor
Origin of curatorMiddle English curatour from Classical Latin curator from curare: see curative
- One who manages or oversees, as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library.
- One who gathers something, organizes it, and makes it available to the public: a curator of online resources for gardeners.
Origin of curatorMiddle English curatour legal guardian from Old French curateur from Latin cūrātor overseer from cūrātus past participle of cūrāre to take care of ; see curative .