rare

1
[ rair ]
/ rɛər /
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adjective, rar·er, rar·est.

coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; His visits are rare occasions.
thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast.
having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases; lightheaded from the rare mountain air.
unusually great: a rare display of courage.
unusually excellent; admirable; fine: She showed rare tact in inviting them.

Origin of rare

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1350–1400; Middle English < Latin rārus loose, wide apart, thin, infrequent
Related formsrare·ness, noun
Can be confusedextinct rare scarce

Definition for rare (2 of 3)

rare

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[ rair ]
/ rɛər /

adjective, rar·er, rar·est.

(of meat) cooked just slightly: He likes his steak rare.

Origin of rare

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1645–55; variant of earlier rear, Middle English rere, Old English hrēr lightly boiled
Related formsrare·ness, noun

Definition for rare (3 of 3)

rare

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[ rair ]
/ rɛər /

verb (used without object), rared, rar·ing. Older Use.

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British Dictionary definitions for rare (1 of 2)

rare

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/ (rɛə) /

adjective

Derived Formsrareness, noun

Word Origin for rare

C14: from Latin rārus sparse

British Dictionary definitions for rare (2 of 2)

rare

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/ (rɛə) /

adjective

(of meat, esp beef) very lightly cooked

Word Origin for rare

Old English hrēr; perhaps related to hreaw raw
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