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



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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