- An example of a curiosity is a little known and interesting fact about a subject.
- An example of curiosity is always asking questions, reading books and going out to try to learn about the world.
The definition of curiosity is anything strange or rare, or having an interesting in learning or knowing something.
- a desire to learn or know
- a desire to learn about things that do not properly concern one; inquisitiveness
- anything curious, strange, rare, or novel
- Obs. the quality of being careful, scrupulous, or fastidious
Origin of curiosityMiddle English curiousite ; from Old French curiosité ; from Classical Latin curiositas ; from curiosus: see curious
- A desire to know or learn.
- A desire to know about people or things that do not concern one; nosiness.
- An object that arouses interest, as by being novel or extraordinary: kept the carved bone and displayed it as a curiosity.
- A strange or odd aspect.
- Archaic Fastidiousness.
Origin of curiosityMiddle English curiosite, from Old French, from Latin c&umacron;ri&omacron;sit&amacron;s, from c&umacron;ri&omacron;sus, inquisitive; see curious.