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Definitions for seldom
ˈsɛl dəmsel·dom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rarely, seldomadverb

    not often

    "we rarely met"

Wiktionary

  1. seldomadverb

    infrequently, rarely.

    They seldom come here now.

  2. seldomadjective

    rare; infrequent

    A suppressed and seldom anger. uE000149822uE001 Jeremy Taylor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SELDOMadverb

    Rarely; not often; not frequently.

    Etymology: seldan , rarely; seldor , more rarely; seldost , most rarely. Seldan is supposed to be contracted from seldæn , or seld , rare, and hwænne , when, Saxon. Selden, Dutch; seltan, German.

    Wisdom and youth are seldom joined in one; and the ordinary course of the world is more according to Job’s observation, who giveth men advice to seek wisdom amongst the ancients, and in the length of days understanding. Richard Hooker.

    There is true joy conveyed to the heart by preventing grace, which pardoning grace seldom gives. Robert South, Sermons.

    Where the flight of fancy is managed with good judgment, the seldomer it is seen it is the more valuable. Nehemiah Grew.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Seldomadjective

    rare; infrequent

  2. Etymology: [AS. seldan, seldon, seldum, fr. seld rare; akin to OFries. sielden, D. zelden, G. selten, OHG. seltan, Icel. sjaldan, Dan. sielden, Sw. sllan, Goth. sildaleiks marvelous.]

Freebase

  1. Seldom

    Seldom was a Seattle-based pop-rock trio. Their line-up consisted of piano, bass, and drums, but some songs included electric guitar, mellotron, strings, or other keyboard instruments. They toured in support of both Pedro the Lion and Sarah Shannon. Both of their releases were on Casa and their 2002 album "Romance" was distributed by Barsuk Records. In 2002, Foubert joined Pedro the Lion for their album, Control, playing drums and keyboards and co-writing "Penetration" and "Second Best". In 2004, Foubert and Matthews joined up with frontman Christian Wargo and guitarist Ryan Phillips to create Crystal Skulls. The band originally included Dan Chestnut and Scott Kirby who played guitar and bass, respectively.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Seldom

    sel′dum, adv. rarely: not often.—n. Sel′domness.—adv. Sel′dom-times. [A.S. seldum, seldanseld (adj.), rare; Ger. selten.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'seldom' in Adverbs Frequency: #347

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of seldom in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of seldom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of seldom in a Sentence

  1. John McCrostie:

    Sexual assault survivors are seldom subjected to having their testimony publicly broadcast. But she knew that her truth enabled others to not suffer as she has, we owe it to Jane Doe and to future Jane Does.

  2. C. C. Colton:

    True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

  3. Justice Scalia:

    My father would seldom shy away from disagreeing, but nor would Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if you couldn't give him a good argument, he might think less of you.

  4. Immanuel Kant:

    Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.

  5. Douglas Adams:

    I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.

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