From late Middle English seldom, alteration of earlier selden, from Old English seldan ("seldom"), from Proto-Germanic *seldanē. Cognate with Saterland Frisian säilden, West Frisian selden, komselden, Dutch zelden, German selten, Danish sjælden, Norwegian sjelden, Swedish sällan, Faroese sjáldan, Icelandic sjaldan. More at seld and selly.
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