Definition of seldom in English:


Syllabification: sel·dom
Pronunciation: /ˈseldəm


  • Not often; rarely: Islay is seldom visited by tourists he was seldom absent [in combination]: an old seldom-used church
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    • An eclectic palette of samples etched out paths seldom visited in accessible forms.
    • Neighbours said they seldom saw the couple and that the daughters seldom visited them.
    • The actors seldom move: they are like tortured figures on a frieze in a besieged acropolis.
    rarely, infrequently, hardly (ever), scarcely (ever), almost never; now and then, occasionally, sporadically
    informal once in a blue moon


[attributive] dated Back to top  
  • Not common; infrequent: a great but seldom pleasure


Old English seldan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zelden and German selten, from a base meaning 'strange, wonderful'.

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