†1. A parish priest or another ecclesiastic who has the spiritual charge of a body of laymen; = curate n. 1a. Obsolete.
2. Chiefly in Roman Law and legal systems derived from it: the guardian of a minor or other person not fully capable of conducting his or her own affairs; spec. the guardian of a minor after the age of tutelage. Cf. pro-curator n.2No longer current in Scots Law.
a. In some universities in continental Europe: a member of a board, or an individual official, having general responsibility for the whole university, and the power to select or nominate professors.
b. In Oxford University and (later) Durham University: a member of a board, or an individual official, having responsibility for various university buildings, funds, etc.In titles frequently with the holder's responsibility specified, as in Curator of the Bodleian Library, Curator of the University Chest, etc.
c. In Edinburgh University: a member of a body having responsibility for the election of a number of professors. Now more fully Curator of Patronage.By an Act of 1858, the patronage of seventeen professorial chairs, previously in the gift of the Town Council, was transferred to seven Curators of Patronage. Edinburgh Ordinance No 173 subsequently established that four of the Curators of Patronage are nominated by the University Court and three by The City of Edinburgh Council.
†4. A person in charge; a manager, overseer, or steward. Cf. curate n. 3. Obsolete.
(a) The official in charge of a museum, art gallery, library, or other such collection; a keeper, custodian.Frequently as a title.
(b) A person who selects the items for an exhibition or festival programme, typically using professional knowledge or expertise; one who carefully selects and organizes a collection of items, esp. for exhibition, display, or publication.
b. A person who oversees the management and upkeep of a park or gardens, esp. for public use.Frequently as a title.With use relating to Oxford University, cf. sense 3b.
c. Australian. A person employed to maintain a sports ground, esp. a cricket ground; a groundsman.
6. Roman History. (The title of) any of various public officers under the Empire.
With other nouns, with the sense ‘that is a curator’, or ‘that is both a curator and a ——’.
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