Definition of curiosity
1 : desire to know:a : inquisitive interest in others' concerns : nosiness The construction inside their house aroused the curiosity of their neighbors.b : interest leading to inquiry intellectual curiosity Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
2 archaic : undue nicety or fastidiousness
3a : one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics Tobacco was once regarded as a curiosity in Europe.b : an unusual knickknack : curio The antique shop was full of curiosities.c : a curious trait or aspect
Examples of curiosity in a sentence
Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
The arrival of a construction crew at their house attracted the curiosity of their neighbors.
The movie failed to satisfy her curiosity about the assassination.
Tobacco was once a curiosity in Europe.
The antique shop was full of curiosities.
Origin and Etymology of curiosity
First Known Use: 14th century
CURIOSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of curiosity for English Language Learners
: the desire to learn or know more about something or someone
: something that is interesting because it is unusual
CURIOSITY Defined for Kids
Definition of curiosity for Students
1 : an eager desire to learn and often to learn things that are another's concern “What's happening?” he asked with curiosity.
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 : an object or article valued because it is strange or rare
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