noun cu·ri·os·i·ty \ˌkyr-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē\

: the desire to learn or know more about something or someone

: something that is interesting because it is unusual

plural cu·ri·os·i·ties

Full Definition of CURIOSITY

:  desire to know:
a :  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness
b :  interest leading to inquiry <intellectual curiosity>
archaic :  undue nicety or fastidiousness
a :  one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics
b :  an unusual knickknack :  curio
c :  a curious trait or aspect

Examples of CURIOSITY

  1. Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
  2. The arrival of a construction crew at their house attracted the curiosity of their neighbors.
  3. The movie failed to satisfy her curiosity about the assassination.
  4. Tobacco was once a curiosity in Europe.
  5. The antique shop was full of curiosities.

First Known Use of CURIOSITY

14th century

Other Household Terms

cruet, duvet, fiasco, sham, taper, valance, whatnot
CURIOSITIES Defined for Kids


noun cu·ri·os·i·ty \ˌkyr-ē-ˈä-sə-tē\
plural cu·ri·os·i·ties

Definition of CURIOSITY for Kids

:  an eager desire to learn and often to learn things that are another's concern <“What's happening?” he asked with curiosity.>
:  something strange or unusual <They both sat looking at Harriet as though she were a curiosity put on television to entertain them. — Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy>
:  an object or article valued because it is strange or rare


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