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curator

[kyoo-rey-ter, kyoo r-ey- for 1–3; kyoo r-uh-ter for 4] /kyʊˈreɪ tər, ˈkyʊər eɪ- for 1–3; ˈkyʊər ə tər for 4/
noun
1.
the person in charge of a museum, art collection, etc.
2.
a person who selects content for presentation, as on a website.
3.
a manager; superintendent.
4.
Law. a guardian of a minor, lunatic, or other incompetent, especially with regard to his or her property.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; < Latin, equivalent to cūrā(re) to care for, attend to (see cure) + -tor -tor; replacing Middle English curatour < Anglo-French < Latin as above
Related forms
curatorial
[kyoo r-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌkyʊər əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
curatorship, noun
subcurator, noun
subcuratorial, adjective
subcuratorship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for curator-ship

curator

/kjʊəˈreɪtə/
noun
1.
the administrative head of a museum, art gallery, or similar institution
2.
(law, mainly Scot) a guardian of a minor, mentally ill person, etc
Derived Forms
curatorial (ˌkjʊərəˈtɔːrɪəl) adjective
curatorship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: one who cares, from cūrāre to care for, from cūra care
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Word Origin and History for curator-ship

curator

n.

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.

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