Curator meaning

kyo͝o-rātər, kyo͝orə-tər
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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.

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One who manages or oversees, as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library.
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A person in charge of a formal collection or exhibition, as at a museum or zoo.
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A guardian, as of a minor.
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One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee.
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A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo.
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Origin of curator

  • Middle English curatour legal guardian from Old French curateur from Latin cūrātor overseer from cūrātus past participle of cūrāre to take care of curative

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin curator (“one who has care of a thing, a manager, guardian, trustee”), from curare (“to take care of”), from cura (“care, heed, attention, anxiety, grief”).

    From Wiktionary