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 The formula is also vegan, which is a rarity in the fat burner supplement space. Norcal Marketing, Chron, "Best Fat Burners: Top 5 Thermogenic Supplements of 2021," 4 Feb. 2021 Good looks were a rarity in the first half, thanks to suffocating defense from both teams. Dallas News, "3 takeaways from No. 13 Texas Tech’s win over No. 9 Oklahoma: Unsung heroes make the difference for Red Raiders," 1 Feb. 2021 Class-above cabins aren't exactly a rarity in the family sedan segment, though, as high-end versions of the Honda Accord and the Hyundai Sonata both offer similarly upscale appointments. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2021 Mazda 6 Turbo Remains a Winning Package," 27 Jan. 2021 Pay-what-you-can models are a rarity in Bay Area restaurants, which is understandable given the notoriously slim profit margins even in good economic times. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "'Pay what you can': In sign of times, S.F. Mexican restaurant launches sliding scale taco days," 18 Dec. 2020 Originally in adjacent rooms, the couple was so worried about one another that a nurse sought permission to treat them both in the same room, a rarity in the ICU. Caralyn Ryan And Douglas S. Wood, CNN, "A couple, married 50 years, die just hours apart from Covid-19," 7 Dec. 2020 The 400-kilovolt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) power line is a rarity in the U.S. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Great River's power line gives it leverage in any potential sale," 5 Dec. 2020 And yet that game, like Tuesday’s return match in France, was a rarity not only in the Champions League, but in elite European soccer as a whole. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Black Goalkeepers, Big Clubs and Europe’s Uneven Playing Field," 24 Nov. 2020 Big receivers who run as well as Vasher are a rarity. Dallas News, "NFL draft status update: Will Texas Tech have its highest number of draftees in over 40 years?," 13 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of rarity

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Feb 2021

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“Rarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarity. Accessed 27 Feb. 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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