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curiosity

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

Simple Definition of curiosity

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

  • : something that is interesting because it is unusual

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of curiosity

plural

curiosities

  1. 1 :  desire to know: a :  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness b :  interest leading to inquiry <intellectual curiosity>

  2. 2 archaic :  undue nicety or fastidiousness

  3. 3 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 in a sentence

  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of curiosity

14th century

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CURIOSITY Defined for Kids

curiosity

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noun cu·ri·os·i·ty \ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈä-sə-tē\

Definition of curiosity for Students

plural

curiosities

  1. 1 :  an eager desire to learn and often to learn things that are another's concern <“What's happening?” he asked with curiosity.>

  2. 2 :  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>

  3. 3 :  an object or article valued because it is strange or rare





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