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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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  • Such technology is an art conservator's dream-but also a nightmare, since it opens the way for totally accurate counterfeits.
  • But when it comes to storage materials, synthetic additives are a conservator's salvation.
  • The desert may be a heartless killer, but it's a sympathetic conservator.
  • Particularly fragile or damaged artifacts are sent to a conservator.
  • To be officially appointed as a guardian or conservator, you must complete mandatory training.
  • Employment as an archivist, conservator, or curator usually requires graduate education and related work experience.
  • Other individuals have questions about what it means to have a guardian or conservator appointed for them.
  • The conservator applies some simple ethical guidelines, such as minimal intervention.
British Dictionary definitions for conservator


/ˈkɒnsəˌveɪtə; kənˈsɜːvə-/
a person who conserves or keeps safe; custodian, guardian, or protector
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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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