American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cleric, especially one who has charge of a parish.
- n. A cleric who assists a rector or vicar.
- v. To act as curator of; organize and oversee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. According to former use, one who has the cure of souls; a priest; a minister.
- n. In the Church of England, and in the Irish Roman Catholic Church, a clergyman employed under the incumbent (whether rector or vicar), either as assistant in the same church or in a chapel within the parish and connected with the church. The curate is the priest of lowest degree in the Church of England; he must be licensed by the bishop or ordinary. The term is not in use in the United States.
- n. A guardian; a protector.
- n. See curat.
- n. an assistant rector or vicar
- n. a parish priest
- v. transitive To act as a curator for.
- v. transitive To apply selectivity and taste to, as a collection of fashion items or web pages.
- v. intransitive To work or act as a curator.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who has the cure of souls; originally, any clergyman, but now usually limited to one who assists a rector or vicar.
- n. a person authorized to conduct religious worship
- Back-formation from curator. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English curat, from Medieval Latin cūrātus, from Late Latin cūra, spiritual charge, from Latin, care; see cure.Back-formation from curator. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Technically speaking the curate is the one who exercises the cure of souls, and his assistants are vicars and coadjutors; but in this article the word curate is used in its accepted English sense, viz. assistant priest, and corresponds, in a general way, to the vicarius temporalis, auxiliaris presbyter, coadjutor parochi.”
“I know the word 'curate' may not be familiar to you in this context, but in the new world of too much data - organizing and filtering information is critically important.”
“Our curate is not a man to preach fire and brimstone or scold parishioners for their failings and sins.”
“In English-speaking countries, however, the word curate has gradually become the title of those priests who are assistants to the rector, or parish priest, in the general parochial work of the parish or mission to which they are sent by the bishop of the diocese or his delegate.”
“Mr. Pratt, our new curate, is allowed to be a classical scholar of considerable eminence, and he has promised to instruct Sam ....”
“As a girl the word curate inspired in me feelings of respect and sentiment. ”
“Until the 1920s, the pastor was a cura animarum, the "cure of souls," or "curate" -- a person who cared for souls by helping people locate themselves in God's greater story.”
“Until the 1920s, the pastor was a cura animarum, the "cure of souls" or "curate" -- a person who cared for souls by helping people locate themselves in God's greater story.”
“Our curate is a young gentleman of such prepossessing appearance, and fascinating manners, that within one month after his first appearance in the parish, half the young – lady inhabitants were melancholy with religion, and the other half, desponding with love.”
“‘I might say a curate is a soldier — of the church militant; but I don’t want to offend you with doctrine.”
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