- The definition of curiosity is anything strange or rare, or having an interesting in learning or knowing something.
- 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.
curiosity definition by Webster's New World
- 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
- Obsolete the quality of being careful, scrupulous, or fastidious
Origin: Middle English curiousite ; from Old French curiosité ; from Classical Latin curiositas ; from curiosus: see curious
curiosity definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cu·ri·os·i·ties
- 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: Middle English curiosite, from Old French, from Latin cūriōsitās, from cūriōsus, inquisitive; see curious.