Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person in charge of maintaining or restoring valuable items, as in a museum or library.
  • n. One that conserves or preserves from injury, violation, or infraction; a protector.
  • n. Law One that is responsible for the person and property of an incompetent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who conserves, preserves or protects something.
  • n. A person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of another; similar to a guardian but with some powers of a trustee.
  • n. A judge delegated by the pope to defend certain privileged classes of persons from manifest or notorious injury or violence, without recourse to a judicial process.
  • n. A professional who works on the conservation and restoration of objects, particularly artistic objects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who preserves from injury or violation; a protector; a preserver.
  • n.
  • n. An officer who has charge of preserving the public peace, as a justice or sheriff.
  • n. One who has an official charge of preserving the rights and privileges of a city, corporation, community, or estate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A preserver; one who or that which preserves from injury, violation, or infraction: as, a conservator of the peace. See phrases below.
  • n. Specifically — , A person appointed to superintend idiots, lunatics, etc., manage their property, and preserve it from waste.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone appointed by a court to assume responsibility for the interests of a minor or incompetent person
  • n. the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)

Etymologies

From Latin conservator ("one who conserves"), agent noun from conservo ("I preserve"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Skipping past all the obvious puns, it seems that a conservator is going to dehydrate the dress for display, not consumption.

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  • Among his principal beneficiaries have been the Public Library, which Wilson describes as a conservator of books; Environmental Defense, one of whose concerns is global warming; the World Monuments Fund, which is in the business of preserving beautiful buildings around the world, and the Nature Conservancy, which acquires land to prevent it from being developed and thus enable wild life and vegetation to be preserved.

    Dan Dorfman: Short Seller Goes Long on the Future

  • With him as conservator, that is causing her more agitation and more distress.

    Sam Lutfi’s Britney Spears Restraining Order To Last Foreverish

  • The pope’s right to appoint the senator and the conservator is implied, rather than affirmed, in the statutes.]

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Such authority already exists in the United States for insured banking institutions by means of appointing a "conservator" or "receiver" empowered to maintain continuity of services pending a more lasting resolution of a failing institution.

    Moral Hazard and the Crisis

  • Now, all this paperwork and real-estate dealing will require active participation and you will be urged to name a "conservator" who will then become your keeper, able to sign legal papers for you, to transfer your property, and to determine where and how you spend the rest of your days.

    The Ed McMahon Example

  • And maybe we you and I have sometimes mutual understanding just because of it - you've proclaimed yourself as "conservator" and I was raised as "marxist".

    On Jesus of Nazareth

  • Taxpayers are paying for Ray's electroshocks, including the more than a dozen personnel -- such as conservator, guardian, judge, psychiatrist, court-appointed attorney, anethesiologist, attendants and more -- who surround Ray.

    Tomorrow is Wednesday again

  • The regulator, acting as "conservator," has a veto over all major decisions.

    Freddie Needs $13.8 Billion as Mortgage Defaults Worsen

  • And wouldn't the word "conservator" be more appropriate?

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

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