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[kyoo r-ee-oh] /ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ/
noun, plural curios.
any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
Origin of curio
1850-55; shortened from curiosity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Having landed, we went with the Consul to the native town, to see the curio shops, which are a speciality of the place.

    A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam' Annie Allnut Brassey
  • They're like everything else sold by curio dealers—all humbug.

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • How does Perkinsville look with that—with that curio squattin' on top of it?

    Humorous Ghost Stories Dorothy Scarborough
  • But not the whole; for curio left me not till he had shown how each had died.

    Aurelian William Ware
  • As tribune curio played an all-important part in the crisis of 50 B.C.

  • But what is there in the heart of Pronto that is kept from curio?

    Aurelian William Ware
  • There is much haggling over the price of a curio, and but little chance of a bargain.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • What sallies I made upon Piso, curio, on the whole of that set!

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
British Dictionary definitions for curio


noun (pl) -rios
a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
Word Origin
C19: shortened from curiosity
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Word Origin and History for curio

"piece of bric-a-brac from the Far East," 1851, shortened form of curiosity (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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