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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ He entered Chichester Theological College and later became a curate in Lincolnshire.
▪ He looks and sounds like the second curate in a three-priest parish, and his speciality was killing silently.
▪ He served briefly as a curate before teaching at St Patrick's seminary at Maynooth.
▪ It was clear that he was no ordinary curate.
▪ The curate was troubled by the conflict between his love of biblical study and the chores of the parish.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Curate \Cu"rate\ (k[=u]"r[asl]t), n. [LL. curatus, prop., one who is charged with the care (L. cura) of souls. See Cure, n., and cf. Cur['e]] One who has the cure of souls; originally, any clergyman, but now usually limited to one who assists a rector or vicar.

All this the good old man performed alone, He spared no pains, for curate he had none.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "spiritual guide," from Medieval Latin curatus "one responsible for the care (of souls)," from Latin curatus, past participle of curare "to take care of" (see cure (v.)). Church of England sense of "paid deputy priest of a parish" first recorded 1550s.


Etymology 1 n. 1 an assistant rector or vicar 2 a parish priest Etymology 2

vb. 1 (context transitive English) To act as a curator for. 2 (context transitive English) To apply selectivity and taste to, as a collection of fashion items or web pages. 3 (context intransitive English) To work or act as a curator.


n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship [syn: minister, parson, pastor, rector]


A curate is a person who is invested with the care or cure (cura) of souls of a parish. In this sense "curate" correctly means a parish priest; but in English-speaking countries the term curate is commonly used to describe clergy who are assistants to the parish priest. The duties or office of a curate are called a curacy.

Usage examples of "curate".

CHAPTER IV I receive the minor orders from the patriarch of Venice--I get acquainted with Senator Malipiero, with Therese Imer, with the niece of the Curate, with Madame Orio, with Nanette and Marton, and with the Cavamacchia--I become a preacher--my adventure with Lucie at Pasean A rendezvous on the third story.

The curate came back and returned me the ring, saying that it could not be pledged until the day after the morrow, in consequence of the Festival of the Holy Virgin.

The curate, who had been crouching silently with his arms over his head, looked up as I passed, cried out quite loudly at my desertion of him, and came running after me.

If we did not attend mass, the curate would strike our names off the list of those who share the alms of the Confraternity of the Poor, and those alms alone keep us afloat.

She walked about her little garden, up and down the same walks, stopping before the beds, before the espalier, before the plaster curate, looking with amazement at all these things of once-on-a-time that she knew so well.

The first time I had the honour of being introduced to him by the curate, I opposed earnestly the reason which made him eat his meals in solitude, and I said that his excellency had only to invite guests whose appetite was good enough to enable them to eat a double share.

On one occasion, taking me apart, the curate told me, with honeyed words, that in the profession to which I had devoted myself my thoughts ought to dwell upon the best means of being agreeable to God, and not on pleasing the world by my fine appearance.

After breakfast I had great difficulty in convincing the curate that my seat in the carriage was the last one, but I found it easier to persuade him on our arrival in Treviso to remain for dinner and for supper at a small, unfrequented inn, as I took all the expense upon myself.

He was Curate of Ter Heyne, and a special friend to our House, and out of his devotion he chose to be buried with our Brothers, so he was laid in the eastern cloister in the same grave with Hermann Gruter the Priest.

I immediately sent an express to the curate to inform him of the day on which I would call with a friend of mine whom I wished to introduce to his niece.

The curate had collapsed, plague-stricken, between the hospital beds where he had been administering the viaticum to the dying.

The other curate is Father Whimble, a decent, quiet, rather stupid dutiful man who does what Charlie tells him, and also worships Father Hobbes.

Binny, the mild and genteel curate of the district chapel, which the family attended, call assiduously upon the widow, dandle the little boy on his knee, and offer to teach him Latin, to the anger of the elderly virgin, his sister, who kept house for him?

He brought Charles to me, I presented both of them to the curate and his niece, and then left them to complete their business.

Pleasant New Adventure the Curate and Barber Met With in Sierra Morena, or Black Mountain.