from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person in charge of maintaining or restoring valuable items, as in a museum or library.
  • noun A protector or guardian.
  • noun Law One placed in charge of the property or personal affairs of an incompetent person.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who preserves from injury or violation; a protector; a preserver.
  • noun An officer who has charge of preserving the public peace, as a justice or sheriff.
  • noun One who has an official charge of preserving the rights and privileges of a city, corporation, community, or estate.
  • noun a board of commissioners instituted by Parliament to have the conservancy of the Thames.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who conserves, preserves or protects something.
  • noun law A person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of another; similar to a guardian but with some powers of a trustee.
  • noun Roman Catholicism 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.
  • noun A professional who works on the conservation and restoration of objects, particularly artistic objects.

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

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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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