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cu·ri·o

 (kyo͝or′ē-ō′)
n. pl. cu·ri·os
A curious or unusual object of art or piece of bric-a-brac.

[Short for curiosity.]

curio

(ˈkjʊərɪˌəʊ)
n, pl -rios
(Antiques) a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
[C19: shortened from curiosity]

cu•ri•o

(ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ)

n., pl. -ri•os.
a usu. small article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
[1850–55; shortened from curiosity]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curio - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
collectable, collectible - things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
collector's item, piece de resistance, showpiece - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection

curio

noun collector's item, antique, trinket, knick-knack, bibelot a shop which sold antiques and curios
Translations
تُحْفَـه نادره
kuriozita
kuriositetkuriosum
fágæti
įdomybėretenybė
retums
ender bulunur eser

curio

[ˈkjʊərɪəʊ] Ncuriosidad f

curio

[ˈkjʊəriəʊ] nbibelot m, curiosité f

curio

nKuriosität f

curio

[ˈkjʊərɪəʊ] ncuriosità f inv, oggetto insolito

curio

(ˈkjuəriəu) plural ˈcurios noun
an article valued for its oddness or its rareness.
References in classic literature ?
But be easy, be easy, this here harpooneer I have been tellin' you of has just arrived from the south seas, where he bought up a lot of 'balmed New Zealand heads (great curios, you know), and he's sold all on 'em but one, and that one he's trying to sell to-night, cause to-morrow's Sunday, and it would not do to be sellin' human heads about the streets when folks is goin' to churches.
He received us in a room that might have been in a house in a provincial town in France, and the one or two Polynesian curios had an odd look.
The blue-and- white mugs of the present-day roadside inn will be hunted up, all cracked and chipped, and sold for their weight in gold, and rich people will use them for claret cups; and travellers from Japan will buy up all the "Presents from Ramsgate," and "Souvenirs of Margate," that may have escaped destruction, and take them back to Jedo as ancient English curios.
We were lying at Savo, having run in to trade for curios.
I traded for postage-stamps, for minerals, for curios, for birds' eggs, for marbles (I had a more magnificent collection of agates than I have ever seen any boy possess--and the nucleus of the collection was a handful worth at least three dollars, which I had kept as security for twenty cents I loaned to a messenger-boy who was sent to reform school before he could redeem them).
Captain Jim's "few little things" turned out to be a most interesting collection of curios, hideous, quaint and beautiful.
Between them the two had cornered, at enormous expense, the curio market of the game.
It seems that an old bookworm who has a book and curio shop in Baltimore discovered between the leaves of a very old Spanish manuscript a letter written in 1550 detailing the adventures of a crew of mutineers of a Spanish galleon bound from Spain to South America with a vast treasure of "doubloons" and "pieces of eight," I suppose, for they certainly sound weird and piraty.
From the kinky locks of one of the naked young men he drew a hand-carved, fine-toothed comb, the lofty back of which was inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which he later sold in Sydney to a curio shop for eight shillings.
But soon he had roused himself, and had picked up another curio to talk about.
Curio - A Collection by Hilton already has five Curios are opened and 15 LOUs are signed.
A companion book, Souvenir Nation: Relics, Keepsakes, and Curios from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, is available from Princeton Architectural Press.