American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who manages or oversees, as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman law, one appointed to manage the affairs of a person past the age of puberty when from any cause he has become unfit to manage them himself.
- n. In civil law, a guardian; specifically, one who has the care of the estate of a minor or other incompetent person.
- n. One who has the care and superintendence of something, as of a public museum, fine-art collection, or the like.
- n. In Scotch law, one appointed as guardian for minors, incompetents, etc.
- n. A person who manages, administers or organizes a collection, either independently or employed by a museum, library, archive or zoo.
- n. One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who has the care and superintendence of anything, as of a museum; a custodian; a keeper.
- n. One appointed to act as guardian of the estate of a person not legally competent to manage it, or of an absentee; a trustee; a guardian.
- n. the custodian of a collection (as a museum or library)
- From Latin curator ("one who has care of a thing, a manager, guardian, trustee"), from curare ("to take care of"), from cura ("care, heed, attention, anxiety, grief"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English curatour, legal guardian, from Old French curateur, from Latin cūrātor, overseer, from cūrātus, past participle of cūrāre, to take care of; see curative. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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