rarity

noun
rar·i·ty | \ˈrer-ə-tē \
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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Estes’ departure is a rarity in a state where judges are nominated by the governor and, once appointed, seldom forced off the bench. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, "Pittsfield judge Thomas Estes resigns in wake of sex scandal," 25 May 2018 Eastern whip-poor-will, another county rarity, soon followed, but that was the end of our nocturnal species. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Goal for a Big Day: Count as many bird species as you can find | Charlotte Observer," 14 May 2018 That the study did not account for this rarity somewhat undermines Totani’s argument, Piran says. Adam Mann, Science | AAAS, "Dark energy’s weakness may be why supernovae didn’t kill us all," 4 May 2018 That rarity is noteworthy; The Democrat speculates that Talkington may be making history as the first legally blind actress to portray a legally blind character. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Woodland-native actress may make history with upcoming NCIS guest appearance | The Sacramento Bee," 14 Apr. 2018 But that album—a rarity in that it was released on vinyl by his mostly digital label Weird Cry—is hardly characteristic. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "DIY improviser Rob Magill makes his Chicago debut performing with a variety of local up-and-comers," 6 Apr. 2018 Regardless, the version that's now being preserved by the Foundation ensures that this gaming history rarity will at least be accessible to historians and researchers well into the future. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "See the long-lost NES prototype of SimCity," 12 Jan. 2018 Birds include plain chachalacas, ringed kingfishers and green jays, and rarities such as blue buntings and roadside hawks. Houston Chronicle, "Top birding spots around Texas," 10 May 2018 The shop’s reputation for high-end steaks and rarities such as Iberico pork keeps Financial District workers and market shoppers coming in, Offenbach says. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "As the Ferry Building evolves, its original grocery vendors adjust to the times," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rarity

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near rarity

rariora

rarish

Raritan

rarity

Raroian

Rarotonga

Rarotongan

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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 \
plural rarities

Kids Definition of rarity

1 : the quality, state, or fact of being rare

2 : something that is uncommon

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