Meaning of “curiosity” in the English Dictionary

"curiosity" in British English

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

(Definition of “curiosity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"curiosity" in American English

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us /ˌkjʊər·iˈɑs·ɪ·t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

[ U ] an eager desire 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)