Paucity is defined as a small number of something.
An example of paucity is only a few people going to a concert.
- fewness; small number
- scarcity; dearth; insufficiency
Origin of paucityMiddle English paucyte ; from Middle French or L: Middle French paucité ; from Classical Latin paucitas ; from paucus, few
- Smallness of number; fewness.
- Scarcity; dearth: a paucity of natural resources.
Origin of paucityMiddle English paucite, from Old French, from Latin paucitas, from paucus, few; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural paucities)
From Latin paucitas (“a small number, fewness, scarcity"), from paucus (“few, little").