- something rare, unusual, or uncommon: Snowstorms are a rarity in the South.
- something esteemed or interesting in being rare, uncommon, or curious: That folio is a rarity that will bring a good price.
- the state or quality of being rare.
- rare occurrence; infrequency: Volcanic eruptions on the island occur with great rarity.
- unusual excellence.
- thinness, as of air or a gas.
Origin of rarity
Examples from the Web for rarities
George H.W. Bush was that rarest of rarities: a genuinely modest man in the office of the presidency.David Frum on How George H.W. Bush Was a Man of Greatness in Modesty
October 8, 2013
But those who heaped abuse were the rarities, the people my friends and I laughed at.Knesset Member Calls for Jailing of Human Rights Activists
Emily L. Hauser
June 1, 2012
We thus meet with them in collections of other rarities and works of art.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
So much for John's three daughters, which you will say were rarities to be fond of.The History of John Bull
And the really handsome man is the most extraordinary of the rarities.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
Illustrated books of the early centuries are the greatest of rarities.The Wanderings and Homes of Manuscripts
M. R. James
At that time there was no office, while letters were rarities.Sword and Pen
John Algernon Owens
- a rare person or thing, esp something interesting or valued because it is uncommon
- the state or quality of being rare
Word Origin and History for rarities
early 15c., "thinness;" 1550s, "fewness," from Middle French rarité or directly from Latin raritas "thinness, looseness of texture; fewness," from rarus (see rare (adj.1)). Sense of "a rare thing or event" is from 1590s.