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rarebit

[rair-bit] /ˈrɛər bɪt/
noun
Origin of rarebit
1715-1725
First recorded in 1715-25
Can be confused
rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.
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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

rarebit

/ˈrɛəbɪt/
noun
1.
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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