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
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)