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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"


  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.


  1. seldom

    Seldom is an adverb that means occurring or happening rarely or infrequently. It describes something that does not happen often or is not commonly experienced.

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.]


  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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  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. Guicciardini:

    Experience has always shown, and reason shows, that affairs which depend on many seldom succeed.

  2. Robert Sheaffer:

    MUFON proclaims its dedication to the scientific method in UFO investigations, but it seldom lives up to that ideal.

  3. Lavater:

    Vociferation and calmness of character seldom meet in the same person.

  4. Alice Denton:

    I don't think there has been more than 1 or 2 attorneys in the United States that have dealt with a position like this, very seldom do you find a mass murderer having assets.

  5. Charles Caleb Colton:

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

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    A noninvasive
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