plural noun

cu·​ri·​o·​sa ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈō-sə How to pronounce curiosa (audio)
: curiosities, rarities
especially : unusual or erotic books

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of curiosus

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of curiosa was in 1883

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Cite this Entry

“Curiosa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

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