noun, plural rar·i·ties.
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|David Frum|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Are the rarities to become more and more rare, and at last fetch prodigious prices?The Library|Andrew Lang
In their woods and fields, they have an unknown variety of vegetables, and other rarities of nature to discover and observe.The History of Virginia, in Four Parts|Robert Beverley
The first compartment contains two of the rarities of the gardens—the satin bower-bird and the Tallagulla or brush-turkey.Curiosities of Civilization|Andrew Wynter
The number of rarities brought together by the late Mr. James Goding was in every respect remarkable.The Violin|George Hart
With some copies a supplement was issued, and collectors will not need to be advised to acquire these rarities.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
British Dictionary definitions for rarities
noun plural -ties
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.