Definition of rarity in English:



mass noun
  • 1The state or quality of being rare.

    ‘the rarity of the condition’
    • ‘They are of the greatest rarity, and each impression was treated as a unique work.’
    • ‘Thus, there are logistic problems with studies of infanticide owing to its apparent rarity.’
    • ‘Anything of outstanding quality or rarity which was fresh to the market received a wildly enthusiastic welcome.’
    • ‘Gemstones are minerals esteemed for their qualities of beauty, durability, and rarity.’
    • ‘It emerged that the evidence base for management of patients with these conditions was poor, perhaps because of their rarity.’
    • ‘The loss of Cypress, a female Florida panther, made news because of the rarity of the species.’
    • ‘With its increasing rarity, it had attracted major interest from egg collectors and specimen hunters by 1900.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding their apparent rarity in physics, such space/time structures are much more common in our global society.’
    • ‘The rarity of his condition meant his parents were isolated from other families affected by the disorder.’
    • ‘They offer a sense of originality as well, owing to their rarity.’
    • ‘The signs of extreme rarity of certain presumed comparative and superlative forms are puzzling.’
    • ‘This comment was another subtle hint about his godliness and intrinsic rarity.’
    • ‘Orchids in general became expensive and much-sought after because of their beauty and rarity.’
    • ‘Bottle cases are found with increasing rarity as one moves westward into the southern backcountry.’
    • ‘Due to its rarity and unique coloring, the python now commands fantastic prices.’
    • ‘One way to make a statement about the comparative rarity of a vehicle is through the use of exterior paint.’
    • ‘More sampling, more copyright infringement, and more extreme rarity.’
    • ‘Notable is the relative rarity of bivalves and gastropods, consistent with a deeper water environment.’
    • ‘Thus, the extreme rarity of the events leading to human existence is well established.’
    infrequency, rareness, unusualness, uncommonness, singularity, uniqueness
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    1. 1.1count noun A rare thing, especially one having particular value.
      ‘to take the morning off was a rarity’
      • ‘You know that I have an agent who is always on the look-out for rarities and curiosities for my collection.’
      • ‘They had once covered the land, but they became a rarity amongst the people.’
      • ‘This latest release is a collection of B-sides, rarities, soundtrack songs and cover versions which is a must for die-hard fans.’
      • ‘The lifestyles of people are such that peace of mind has become a rarity.’
      • ‘I think most Iraqis love the rain because it is a relative rarity in our dry part of the world.’
      • ‘The latest Old Firm encounter is that relative rarity: a one-day wonder.’
      • ‘A number of other books on display are also rarities.’
      • ‘The loan exhibition consists of rarities from the collection of the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Delaware.’
      • ‘Both men were travellers and collectors of curiosities - or rarities, as they were called.’
      • ‘Opera North tries to breathe life into a Kurt Weill rarity, and almost succeeds, says Hugh Canning’
      • ‘The jokes will tickle both children and adults, a rarity in the animation world.’
      • ‘Our guest of honour is that biological rarity, a hereditary peer who has attained high distinction.’
      • ‘The beautiful spectacle became a rarity as very few households continued with the tradition.’
      • ‘Dublin's extensive public seaside access makes it a real rarity.’
      • ‘Containing all of their released works, it also contains rare compilation tracks, live sets and rarities.’
      • ‘Ryan did the screenplay himself, a rarity in today's film work.’
      • ‘For starters, Carlisle decided to attend the press conference announcing his firing, a rarity in today's game.’
      • ‘But the judiciary acquitted Hindmarsh - a comparative rarity these days - following very public support from Morley.’
      • ‘Such a scarcity of diners was, she assured us, an extreme rarity.’
      • ‘Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington can gaze upon many aeronautical rarities and wonders.’
      collector's item, rare person, rare thing, rare bird, marvel, wonder, nonpareil, one of a kind, find, conversation piece
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Late Middle English: from Latin raritas, from rarus ‘far apart, infrequently found’ (see rare).