Definition of rarity in English:


Syllabification: rar·i·ty
Pronunciation: /ˈre(ə)ritē

noun (plural rarities)

  • 1The state or quality of being rare: the rarity of the condition
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    • Anything of outstanding quality or rarity which was fresh to the market received a wildly enthusiastic welcome.
    • Due to its rarity and unique coloring, the python now commands fantastic prices.
    • Gemstones are minerals esteemed for their qualities of beauty, durability, and rarity.
  • 1.1A thing that is rare, especially one having particular value as a result of this: to take the morning off was a rarity
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    • This latest release is a collection of B-sides, rarities, soundtrack songs and cover versions which is a must for die-hard fans.
    • Both men were travellers and collectors of curiosities - or rarities, as they were called.
    • You know that I have an agent who is always on the look-out for rarities and curiosities for my collection.
    collector's item, rare thing, rare bird, rara avis; wonder, nonpareil, one of a kind; curiosity, oddity


late Middle English: from Latin raritas, from rarus 'far apart, infrequently found' (see rare1).

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