- 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 museum, library, etc.
- a guardian, as of a minor
Origin: Middle English curatour ; from Classical Latin curator ; from curare: see curative
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Origin: Middle English curatour, legal guardian, from Old French curateur, from Latin cūrātor, overseer, from cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre, to take care of; see curative.
- cuˌra·toˈri·al adjective
- cu·raˈtor·shipˌ noun