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Definition of “curiosity” - English Dictionary

"curiosity" in American English

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 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)

"curiosity" in British English

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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)."
(Definition of curiosity from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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