Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration.
  • n. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.
  • n. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Carefulness; nicety; delicacy; fastidiousness; scrupulous care.
  • n. Accuracy; exactness; nice performance.
  • n. Curious arrangement; singular or artful performance.
  • n. Extravagantly minute investigation.
  • n. Fancifulness; extravagance; a curious or fanciful subject.
  • n. The desire to see or learn something that is new, strange, or unknown; inquisitiveness.
  • n. An object of interest or inquisitiveness; that which excites a desire of seeing or deserves to be seen, as novel or extraordinary; something rare or strange.
  • n. Synonyms. Phenomenon, marvel, wonder, sight, rarity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
  • n. a state in which you want to learn more about something

Etymologies

Middle English curiosite, from Old French, from Latin cūriōsitās, from cūriōsus, inquisitive; see curious.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman curiouseté, from Latin cūriōsitātem, from cūriōsus. (Wiktionary)

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