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curio

Syllabification: cu·ri·o
Pronunciation: /ˈkyo͝orēˌō
 
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Definition of curio in English:

noun (plural curios)

A rare, unusual, or intriguing object.
Example sentences
  • The units make trays of different shapes, fruit baskets, stands, lamp shades, curios, mats, pen stands, wall hangings, screens, hair clips and even pappad sticks.
  • To choose the aesthetic-looking vases and decorative curios like lamps, cushions, candles, table linen and curtains, Sita travels to remotest corners of the world.
  • One boy has a tray displaying battered curios salvaged from the area - American name tags, medals, twisted knives and forks.
Synonyms

Origin

mid 19th century: abbreviation of curiosity.

Words that rhyme with curio

Ajaccio • Lazio • nuncio

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