rarity

noun
rar·​i·​ty | \ ˈrer-ə-tē How to pronounce rarity (audio) \
plural rarities

Definition of rarity

1 : the quality, state, or fact of being rare
2 : one that is rare

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Examples of rarity in a Sentence

In most sports, athletes over the age of 50 are rarities. Snow is a rarity in this part of the world. He is selling most of his collection, keeping only the real rarities. The rarity of the disease makes it difficult to diagnose.
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Recent Examples on the Web But meteorologists gush over the Fujiwhara effect due its rarity. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Hurricane Facts: Do hurricanes dance to the Fujiwhara effect?," 26 Apr. 2021 Because of their rarity, Molina is working with the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., to cultivate these parasites and their host vines domestically. Quanta Magazine, "DNA of Giant ‘Corpse Flower’ Parasite Surprises Biologists," 21 Apr. 2021 According to AstraZeneca, the U.S. clinical trials did not turn up any such clotting incidents—though, given their rarity, that is not necessarily dispositive. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Why There Is So Much Confusion About the AstraZeneca Vaccine," 23 Mar. 2021 But its this F1s rarity that makes this sale so notable. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "This 1-of-7 McLaren F1 Just Went up for Sale," 4 Mar. 2021 One agent, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, says it’s not quite the rarity that has been claimed; some recruiters have no scruples. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, "Here’s How to Keep Your Crew From Being Pirated by Another Yacht," 18 Apr. 2021 Experts hammered home the rarity of the clots Thursday. BostonGlobe.com, "Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine," 8 Apr. 2021 Nelson, a Democrat from Florida, has long been an advocate for space — a rarity among members of Congress. Washington Post, "Biden expected to nominate former Sen. Bill Nelson to be NASA administrator," 18 Mar. 2021 Two 6-7 teams battling for the NFC's first-ever seventh seed is hardly a marquee matchup, but Sunday's game at U.S. Bank Stadium is a rarity among the many late-December snoozers the Vikings and Bears have made our fair state endure since 2005. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings-Bears meetings late in the season are usually ... unimportant. (But this one means something)," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rarity

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Rarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarity. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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rarity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rarity

: a person or thing that is not common or usual : a person or thing that is not seen or does not happen often
: something that is valuable because there are few of its kind
: the quality of being rare

rarity

noun
rar·​i·​ty | \ ˈrer-ə-tē How to pronounce rarity (audio) \
plural rarities

Kids Definition of rarity

1 : the quality, state, or fact of being rare
2 : something that is uncommon

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