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Definitions for curator
kyʊˈreɪ tər, ˈkyʊər eɪ-cu·ra·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. curator, conservatornoun

    the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)


  1. curatornoun

    A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo.

  2. curatornoun

    One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee.

  3. Etymology: From curator, from curare, from cura.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CURATORnoun

    One that has the care and superintendence of any thing.

    Etymology: Latin.

    The curators of Bedlam assure us, that some lunaticks are persons of honour. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Curator

    A curator (from Latin: cura, meaning "to take care") is a manager or overseer. When working with cultural organizations, a curator is typically a "collections curator" or an "exhibitions curator", and has multifaceted tasks dependent on the particular institution and its mission. In recent years the role of curator has evolved alongside the changing role of museums, and the term "curator" may designate the head of any given division. More recently, new kinds of curators have started to emerge: "community curators", "literary curators", "digital curators" and "biocurators".


  1. curator

    A curator is a professional who is responsible for managing, organizing, and maintaining a collection of items in institutions such as museums, art galleries, libraries, or archives. They acquire, catalog, and display exhibits, and may also conduct research, educate the public, and organize events or programs related to their area of expertise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Curatornoun

    one who has the care and superintendence of anything, as of a museum; a custodian; a keeper

  2. Curatornoun

    one appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee; a guardian

  3. Etymology: [L., fr. curare to take care of, fr. cura care.]


  1. Curator

    A curator is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution is a content specialist responsible for an institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. The object of a traditional curator's concern necessarily involves tangible objects of some sort, whether it be artwork, collectibles, historic items or scientific collections. More recently, new kinds of curators are emerging: curators of digital data objects and biocurators.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Curator

    kūr-ā′tor, n. one who has the charge of anything: a superintendent: one appointed by law as guardian: a member of a board for electing university professors and the like:—fem. Curā′trix.—n. Curā′torship, the office of a curator. [L. curator, an overseer—curāre, to cure.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of curator in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of curator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of curator in a Sentence

  1. Sun Chi-hsuan:

    When I told the curator, he was so shocked that for two to three minutes he couldn't utter a single word, but he was actually most worried that the boy and his family would put too much pressure on themselves.

  2. Laurie Rimon:

    It was not easy parting with the coin, after all, it is not every day one discovers such an amazing object, but I hope I will see it displayed in a museum in the near future. Related : Archaeologists discover ancient Anglo-Saxon island in UK countryside It was quickly determined this was not just any coin. It dates to 107 AD and was part of a series of nostalgic coins that Emperor Trajan minted and dedicated to the Roman emperors that ruled before Emperor Trajan. The only other coin of this kind is believed to be the one held by the British Museum. Two other gold coins of this emperor have been registered in the State Treasures, one from Giv ‘ at Shaul near Jerusalem, and the other from the Qiryat Gat region, Donald T. Ariel, head curator of the coin department at the Israel Antiquities Authority, said in a statement. But the details on both are different to those that appear on the coin found by Rimon.

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