Definition of rarity in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛːrɪti/

noun (plural rarities)

[mass noun]
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.
1.1 [count noun] A rare thing, especially one having particular value: 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 person/thing, rare bird, marvel, wonder, nonpareil, one of a kind, find, conversation piece;
curiosity, oddity, anomaly, freak;
Latin rara avis
British informal one-off, oner


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

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