- Seldom is defined as something that occurs rarely or not very often.
An example of seldom is when you go on vacation every five years.
Origin: Middle English selden from Old English seldan, strange, rare, akin to German selten from Germanic base an unverified form selda- from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European an unverified form selo-: see self
- seldomness noun
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Origin: Middle English, from Old English seldum, alteration of seldan.
- selˈdom·ness noun