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[rair-bit] /ˈrɛər bɪt/
Origin of rarebit
First recorded in 1715-25
Can be confused
rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rarebit
Historical Examples
  • They had the Welsh rarebit, with beer, and Carl helped to make it.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "Let's stop in and have a rarebit," he suggested one midnight.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • We are going over to the Lewinsohns for four-handed rummy and then a rarebit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • The use of rarebit in this connection is from ignorance long current.

    The Magazine Style-Code Leigh H. Irvine
  • Will you go down to the dining-room with me and have a Welsh rarebit?

    An Ambitious Man Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • At about midnight Sam came in with my expected guest, and we had a rarebit and ale.

    One of My Sons Anna Katharine Green
  • “I am going to stir the rarebit,” announced Margaret firmly.

  • And the other girl was a past mistress in the art of making Welsh rarebit.

  • They might be safety valves for the mind, but also they might be rarebit.

    The Breaking Point Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Then Stuyvesant wanted a rarebit and Frances made it, so that it was after one before Don reached his own home.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
British Dictionary definitions for rarebit


another term for Welsh rabbit
Word Origin
C18: by folk etymology from (Welsh) rabbit; see rare², bit1
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Word Origin and History for rarebit

1785, perversion of (Welsh) rabbit, as if from rare + bit. See Welsh.

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