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[rair-i-tee] /ˈrɛər ɪ ti/

noun, plural rarities.
something , unusual, or uncommon:
Snowstorms are a rarity in the South.
something esteemed or interesting in being , uncommon, or curious:
That folio is a rarity that will bring a good price.
the state or quality of being .
occurrence; infrequency:
Volcanic eruptions on the island occur with great rarity.
unusual excellence.
thinness, as of air or a gas.
noun (pl) -ties
a rare person or thing, esp something interesting or valued because it is uncommon
the state or quality of being rare

early 15c., “thinness;” 1550s, “fewness,” from Middle French rarité or directly from Latin raritas “thinness, looseness of texture; fewness,” from rarus (see rare (adj.1)). Sense of “a rare thing or event” is from 1590s.


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