Definition of curator in English:

curator

noun

  • 1A keeper or custodian of a museum or other collection.

    ‘the curator of drawings at the National Gallery’
    • ‘This lag in attention has yet to be fully addressed by contemporary West Coast museums and curators.’
    • ‘Unlike many museum exhibitions, the curators provided the information to the viewer in manageable pieces.’
    • ‘A curator from the local museum was there in the U.K. as part of this scheme.’
    • ‘The noise and lights derive not from history, but from the present manipulations of Imperial War Museum curators.’
    • ‘Kindly the curator of the museum had made a display of a few of about 20 of the items you might see on your visit in the front window.’
    • ‘The process involves 30 keepers, curators and registrars making a note of every single creature in the zoo.’
    • ‘The sale had been eagerly anticipated by collectors and museum curators.’
    • ‘I know all the museum curators in the world and there is not one to match Tim's genius.’
    • ‘It is a group of presentations hosted by an artist curator or, as in one case, architect.’
    • ‘It certainly wasn't a word you heard uttered by museum curators.’
    • ‘The Whitney Museum recruited six outside curators to help select this year's biennial.’
    • ‘I have often felt sorry for the curators at the Royal Collection.’
    • ‘The artists are up-and-comers and players in the Sydney art scene and the curators are museum big wigs and people in the know.’
    • ‘With the permission of the curator of the National Museum, we were allowed to see the work in progress.’
    • ‘Collectors, dealers and curators in specialised areas all knew each other, and there was supply enough to satisfy everyone.’
    • ‘The curators of the museum have changed the content of the turbine room a few times since the museum opened.’
    • ‘Since then, museum curators across the world have largely agreed not to exhibit mummified body parts out of respect for the dead.’
    • ‘Very few museum curators have the opportunity or the budget to be so single-minded, to collect in depth in a highly specialised area.’
    • ‘Museum curators saw a shift from artists' hopelessness to a desperate need to contribute something to society.’
    • ‘A wrinkled old hill woman was the sole curator and keeper of the gallery then.’
    custodian, keeper, conservator, guardian, caretaker, steward
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    1. 1.1 A person who selects acts to perform at a music festival.
      • ‘Next month, as curator of the Meltdown festival, she will play it in its entirety on stage for the first time.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting an ecclesiastical pastor, also (still a Scots legal term) the guardian of a minor): from Old French curateur or, in later use, directly from Latin curator, from curare (see cure). The current sense dates from the mid 17th century.

Pronunciation

curator

/kjʊ(ə)ˈreɪtə/