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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Fact follows fancy once again - the assistant curator is now Mr Gibbons.
▪ Jack Cowart, its deputy director and chief curator, believes in him especially.
▪ More in love with art than an artist himself, he later became a museum curator.
▪ On one occasion there was a group of museum curators headed by the director of the Hermitage.
▪ The traveling exhibition was assembled by museum curator David Rubin several years ago while he was at the Cleveland Center.
▪ Nordenfalk's book includes the scrupulous examination of visual evidence always welcome and often found in writing by a museum curator.
▪ I have had my difficulties, after all, with museum curators and eminent professors.
▪ Is it the responsibility of the archivist, librarian, or museum curator?
▪ But what are the responsibilities of a museum curator?
▪ It was tough to choose items for the show, says exhibit curator Lisa Auel.
▪ Michael is the mammal curator at the Los Angeles Zoo.
▪ Carmen Gimenez goes to the Guggenheim, New York, as curator and is not replaced.
▪ His curator says that despite his prodigious and inspired output he still thinks of himself as a farmer.
▪ Legally this entitled her to choose her own curators - which in this case meant her regent.
▪ Museums are responding by offering family programs, workshops, classes and art talks by curators, scholars and artists.
▪ That has ten curators and this museum has one person and she isn't properly funded.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Curator \Cu*ra"tor\ (k?-r?"t?r). n. [L., fr. curare to take care of, fr. cura care.]

  1. One who has the care and superintendence of anything, as of a museum; a custodian; a keeper.

  2. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-14c., from Latin curator "overseer, manager, guardian," agent noun from curatus, past participle of curare (see cure (v.)). Originally of those put in charge of minors, lunatics, etc.; meaning "officer in charge of a museum, library, etc." is from 1660s.


n. 1 A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo. 2 One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee.


n. the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library) [syn: conservator]


A curator (from , meaning "to take care") is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator or keeper of a cultural heritage institution (e.g., gallery, museum, library, or archive) is a content specialist charged with an institution's collections and involved with the interpretation of heritage material. A traditional curator's concern necessarily involves tangible objects of some sort—artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific collections. More recently, new kinds of curators have started to emerge: curators of digital data objects and biocurators.

Usage examples of "curator".

B, Infant, acting through his curator bonis and guardian ad litem, filed an action as owner and bailor of the chattel, a dog of tender years named Spot, alleging negligence on the part of the Village, in a cross claim for indemnity under Fed.

I found myself in a picture-gallery, and the curator came up to me and offered to shew me over it.

In my role as museum curator I was convinced of the need for sound curatorial procedures that would guard against contamination, destruction, or modification of specimens as they were received from the field.

Such a document could only have come from one of two places, either the archive of the Curator Aquarum in Rome, or the Piscina Mirabilis in Misenum.

Somehow Nidal and his lieutenant used the crates to get away from the airport, killed the minister and the curator, changed into their clothes, and left the museum by a side door.

There followed a chamber filled with exhibits of rather mediocre taxidermy, and it soon became apparent that the museum was in serious need of a Natural History curator: polar animals were mixed with grassland herbivores, and one particular diorama actually displayed a fish-eating amphibian grazing on some forest ferns.

Guildmaster Gadorian, Master Curator Sirrefene, and the three residents of the Kaleidicopia entering now, the audience was comprised of an unhatted, neighborhood Jinnjirri membership.

Assistant Curator, Gordon Pringle, watches the flames licking around the brutalist concrete terraces of the South Bank Arts Centre opposite and tells himself grimly, better them than us.

She wished that Sahor had not gone to the Museum of False Memory to become its new curator while Minnum stayed on to explore Za Hara-at.

And Quetch the curator had his paws more than full receiving and arranging the continuous flow of specimens of every kind that poured in.

The Shadow also shook hands with Fitzhugh Salter, the curator, a middle-aged man of portly proportions, chubby-faced, and of retiring disposition.

Though Hedwin and Salter seldom agreed on anything, both the professor and the curator were satisfied when Andy announced that the list showed nothing stolen.

One such person might be Fitzhugh Salter, whose job as curator had depended on the completion of the Mayan Museum.

Chettle smuggled out the man-trap, the swingle and those two large smocks without being spotted by the curator.

Lindsay, her voice neutral, controlled, belonging to the curator of Ancient Chinese Bronzes for the Museum of the Asias rather than to a vaguely frightened, grieving daughter.