[ rair-i-tee ]
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noun,plural rar·i·ties.
  1. something rare, unusual, or uncommon: Snowstorms are a rarity in the South.

  2. something esteemed or interesting in being rare, uncommon, or curious: That folio is a rarity that will bring a good price.

  1. the state or quality of being rare.

  2. rare occurrence; infrequency: Volcanic eruptions on the island occur with great rarity.

  3. unusual excellence.

  4. thinness, as of air or a gas.

Origin of rarity

1550–60; <Latin rāritās thinness, equivalent to rār(us) rare1 + -itās-ity

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British Dictionary definitions for rarity


/ (ˈrɛərɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a rare person or thing, esp something interesting or valued because it is uncommon

  2. the state or quality of being rare

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