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Definition of "curiosity" []

  • A desire to know or learn. (noun)
  • A desire to know about people or things that do not concern one; nosiness. (noun)
  • An object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary: kept the carved bone and displayed it as a curiosity. (noun)
  • A strange or odd aspect. (noun)
  • Archaic Fastidiousness. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "curiosity" in a sentence
  • "In turning now more particularly to the work, or rather compilation, of Dr. Bisset Hawkins, let us see whether we cannot discover among what he terms "marks of haste" in getting it up for "the curiosity of the public" (_curiosity_, Dr. Hawkins!), some omissions of a very important nature on the subject of a disease respecting which, we presume, he wished to enlighten the public."
  • "The word curiosity is related to the words cure, care, careful, and accuracy."
  • "In a quarter-page interview in Business 2.0, Diller mentions the word curiosity six times, and at his first mention of the word he ties the effectiveness of curiosity to the fusion of openness and order—trait curiosity."