Rector vs Curate - What's the difference?

rector | curate |

As nouns the difference between rector and curate

is that rector is in the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it while curate is an assistant rector or vicar.

As a proper noun Rector

is an English surname; derived from the German surname Richter.

As a verb curate is

to act as a curator for.



Alternative forms

* rectour (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • In the Anglican Church, a cleric in charge of a parish and who owns the tithes of it.
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  • In the Roman Catholic Church, a cleric with managerial as well as spiritual responsibility for a church or other institution.
  • A headmaster in various educational institutions, e.g. a university.
  • curate


    Etymology 1

    From .


    (en noun)
  • an assistant rector or vicar
  • a parish priest
  • Derived terms
    * curate's egg

    Etymology 2


  • To act as a curator for.
  • She curated the traveling exhibition.
    They carefully curated the recovered artifacts.
  • To apply selectivity and taste to, as a collection of fashion items or web pages.
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  • To work or act as a curator.
  • Not only does he curate for the museum, he manages the office and fund-raises.
    Derived terms
    * curated

    See also

    * ("curate" on Wikipedia)


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