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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Unfortunately for baseball fans, this meeting is just a one-night affair, a rarity in Major League Baseball. Matt Young, Chron, 30 June 2022 This brand was a little thinner than the pack and delivered a bit of welcome heat, which seemed a rarity in this tame bunch. Emily Heil, Washington Post, 29 June 2022 Brunson plays Janine Teagues, a doggedly optimistic but direly insecure 25-year-old second-grade teacher who has made it to her second year at the titular school, a rarity. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2022 But a walk downstairs to the basement reveals a candlepin bowling alley, a true rarity in the Midwest. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 28 June 2022 Carl Burger is emerging as a great Black American pro, a rarity in a sport that is traditionally white. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 23 June 2022 The storm arrived with high winds then turned calm, a rarity in our area. Devon O’neil, Outside Online, 23 June 2022 Those expecting a rap album were sadly mistaken, as the superstar rapper leans on the house music scene and bars are a rarity outside of a few tracks. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 19 June 2022 With an under-par score a rarity, the top of Saturday’s third round leaderboard was overhauled frequently. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 18 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rarity

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jul 2022

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“Rarity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarity. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for rarity


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 It happens with such rarity that I don't worry about it.
2 : something that is uncommon

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