curiosity Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “curiosity” in the English Dictionary

"curiosity" in British English

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curiositynoun

uk   /ˌkjʊə.riˈɒs.ɪ.ti/  us   /ˌkjʊr.iˈɑː.sə.t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

B2 [U] an ​eagerwish to ​know or ​learn about something: to arouse/​excite/​satisfy someone's curiosity I'm burning with curiosity - you must ​tell me who ​won! She ​decided to ​call her ex-boyfriend out of curiosity. "Why do you ​ask?" "Oh, just idle curiosity (= for no ​particularreason)."

curiosity noun (STRANGE OBJECT)

[C] something that is ​interesting because it is ​rare and ​unusual: Cars like mine are curiosities ​nowadays. I ​kept this ​oldpot for ​its curiosity value (= the ​interest it has because it is ​unusual).
(Definition of curiosity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curiosity" in American English

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curiositynoun

 us   /ˌkjʊər·iˈɑs·ɪ·t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

[U] an ​eagerdesire to ​know or ​learn about something: Just out of curiosity I ​decided to go through the ​files.

curiosity noun (STRANGE OBJECT)

[C] something that is ​interesting because it is ​rare and ​unusual: The ​museum had a ​collection of ​mummies and Egyptian curiosities.
(Definition of curiosity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “curiosity”
in Arabic فُضول…
in Korean 호기심…
in Portuguese curiosidade…
in Catalan curiositat…
in Japanese 好奇心…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兴趣, 好奇心, 求知欲…
in Turkish merak, nadir şey, antika…
in Russian любопытство, странность, редкость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 興趣, 好奇心, 求知慾…
in Italian curiosità…
in Polish ciekawość, ciekawostka, osobliwość…
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