cu·​ri·​os·​i·​ty ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē How to pronounce curiosity (audio)
plural curiosities
: desire to know:
: inquisitive interest in others' concerns : nosiness
The construction inside their house aroused the curiosity of their neighbors.
: interest leading to inquiry
intellectual curiosity
Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.
archaic : undue nicety or fastidiousness
: one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics
Tobacco was once regarded as a curiosity in Europe.
: an unusual knickknack : curio
The antique shop was full of curiosities.
: 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.
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Word History


see curious

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of curiosity was in the 14th century

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“Curiosity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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cu·​ri·​os·​i·​ty ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈäs-ət-ē How to pronounce curiosity (audio)
plural curiosities
: an eager desire to learn and often to learn what does not concern one : inquisitiveness
: something strange or unusual
the curiosities of nature
: curio

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