Cu·ri·os·i·ty n.; pl. Curiosities
1. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration. [Obs.]
When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity. --Shak.
A screen accurately cut in tapiary work . . . with great curiosity. --Evelin.
2. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.
3. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention.
We took a ramble together to see the curiosities of this great town. --Addison.
There hath been practiced also a curiosity, to set a tree upon the north side of a wall, and, at a little hieght, to draw it through the wall, etc. --Bacon.
n 1: a state in which you want to learn more about something
2: something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting [syn: curio,
oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity]