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.
Origin of curatorMiddle English curatour, legal guardian, from Old French curateur, from Latin c&umacron;r&amacron;tor, overseer, from c&umacron;r&amacron;tus, past participle of c&umacron;r&amacron;re, to take care of; see curative.