Definition of rarity in English:

rarity

noun

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

Late Middle English: from Latin raritas, from rarus far apart, infrequently found (see rare).

Pronunciation:

rarity

/ˈrɛːrɪti/