cu·ra·tor (ky-rātər, kyrə-tər)
1. One who manages or oversees, as the administrative director of a museum collection or a library.
2. One who gathers something, organizes it, and makes it available to the public: a curator of online resources for gardeners.
[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.]
cu′ra·tori·al (kyr′ə-tôrē-əl) adj.
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