noun, plural rar·i·ties.
Examples from the Web for rarity
The price reflects its rarity as well, but also the finicky, difficult, and nuanced process of making Champagne.
Servin is a rarity: A cop who is being tried for his lethal actions.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back|Justin Glawe|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, sci-fi and fantasy that is actually motivated by the issues surrounding women is a rarity.
These films tend to be a rarity in Hollywood, and usually come in smaller indie packages.
She stressed the rarity of lifetime alimony and said that she believes that in a number of instances alimony remains a necessity.
Strange to say, in crossing the higher parts of the Andes not one of the party suffered from the rarity of the air.The Rover of the Andes|R.M. Ballantyne
One such instance is worth repeating here, if only for its rarity.The Myths and Fables of To-Day|Samuel Adams Drake
On account of the continuous ascent and the rarity of the atmosphere we have to rest every twenty or thirty steps.Mount Rainier|Various
The rarity of such work as this greatly increases the importance of these Lincoln sculptures.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Lincoln|A. F. Kendrick
A variety in shade occurs, of some degree of rarity, printed in carmine.Canada: Its Postage Stamps and Postal Stationery|Clifton Armstrong Howes
British Dictionary definitions for rarity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for rarity
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.