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[kon-ser-vey-ter, kuh n-sur-vuh-] /ˈkɒn sərˌveɪ tər, kənˈsɜr və-/
a person who conserves or preserves; preserver; protector.
a person who repairs, restores, or maintains the condition of objects, as paintings or sculptures in an art museum, or books in a library.
Law. a guardian; a custodian.
British. a person employed by the conservancy commission; a conservation worker.
Origin of conservator
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin, equivalent to conservā(re) (see conserve) + -tor -tor
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[kuh n-sur-vuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /kənˌsɜr vəˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
conservatorship, noun
subconservator, noun Unabridged
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  • I do not believe that the church is a conservator of civilization.

  • There may be a question as to my being a conservative, but there is no doubt that I am a conservator.

    Discourses of Keidansky Bernard G. Richards
  • It is the fountain and conservator of pure English and the storehouse of the most inspiring thought.

    Colleges in America John Marshall Barker
  • But even in the matter of elided consonants American is not always the conservator.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • Browning's Prince is not a conservator possessed by this enthusiasm.

    Robert Browning Edward Dowden
  • The conservator of orthodoxy is the Holy Ghost in a purified heart.

    The Palm Tree Blessing W. E. Shepard
  • You are not only to be the conservator of your own strength, but her protector as well.

  • It is a conservator of heat and electricity as it is a good insulator.

    Valere Aude Louis Dechmann
British Dictionary definitions for conservator


/ˈkɒnsəˌveɪtə; kənˈsɜːvə-/
a person who conserves or keeps safe; custodian, guardian, or protector
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for conservator

c.1400, from Anglo-French conservatour, from Latin conservator "keeper, preserver, defender," agent noun of conservare (see conserve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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