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adverb sel·dom \ˈsel-dəm\

: not often : almost never

Full Definition of SELDOM

:  in few instances :  rarely, infrequently

Examples of SELDOM

  1. We seldom go to the movies.
  2. This type of turtle seldom grows over four inches in length.
  3. Employers also say that foreign-born workers tend to work harder, be more reliable, and complain less than the natives they can hire at the same wage. This is not surprising. Unskilled immigrants have seldom finished secondary school, but they have overcome all kinds of obstacles both to get here and to stay here. —Christopher Jencks, New York Review of Books, 27 Sept. 2007

Origin of SELDOM

Middle English, from Old English seldan; akin to Old High German seltan seldom
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with SELDOM


adjective sel·dom \ˈsel-dəm\

Definition of SELDOM

Origin of SELDOM

(see 1seldom)
First Known Use: 13th century
SELDOM Defined for Kids


adverb sel·dom \ˈsel-dəm\

Definition of SELDOM for Kids

:  not often :  rarely <He seldom talks about his past.>


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