rarebit

[rair-bit]
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noun


Origin of rarebit

First recorded in 1715–25
Can be confusedrabbet rabbit rarebit rebate
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Examples from the Web for rarebit

Historical Examples of rarebit

  • The genius who propounded the statement that “there is nothing like leather” could surely never have sampled a cold Welsh rarebit!

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

  • There were three things in the culinary line that the sum of Janes accomplishments included—nut salad, rarebit and tea.

  • 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

  • When the eggs are poached and the rarebit ready, place an egg above the rarebit on each slice of toast.

  • Perhaps becoming a Welsh rarebit represents the height of some girls' ideals, but this is hard to believe.



British Dictionary definitions for rarebit

rarebit

noun

another term for Welsh rabbit

Word Origin for rarebit

C18: by folk etymology from (Welsh) rabbit; see rare ², bit 1
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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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