rarity

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Rarity \Rar"i*ty\ (r[a^]r"[i^]*t[y^]; 277), noun; pl. {Rarities} (r[a^]r"[i^]*t[i^]z). [L. raritas: cf. F. raret['e]. See {Rare}.]

1. The quality or state of being rare; rareness; thinness; as, the rarity (contrasted with the density) of gases.

2. That which is rare; an uncommon thing; a thing valued for its scarcity.

I saw three rarities of different kinds, which pleased me more than any other shows in the place. --Addison.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

rarity

noun

1: noteworthy scarcity [syn: {rarity}, {rareness}, {infrequency}]

2: a rarified quality; "the tenuity of the upper atmosphere" [syn: {rarity}, {tenuity}, {low density}]

3: something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting [syn: {curio}, {curiosity}, {oddity}, {oddment}, {peculiarity}, {rarity}]


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