The steak is cooked to rare.
- An example of rare is true love, which is hard to find.
- An example of rare is a print by Picasso, of which there are few.
- An example of rare is when someone has unusual skill in sport.
- An example of rare is a steak that is still pink in the middle.
- not frequently encountered; scarce; unusual
- unusually good; excellent: a rare scholar
- not dense; thin; tenuous: rare atmosphere
- Obs. not close together; scattered
Origin of rareMiddle English from Middle French from Classical Latin rarus, loose, thin, scarce, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form (e)re-, loose from source Classical Greek er?mos, solitary
Origin of rareearlier rear from Middle English rere from Old English hrere, lightly boiled (basic sense probably “disturbed, moved”) from base of hreran, to move
intransitive verbrared, rar′ing
- Dial. rear (esp. intransitive verb & )
- Informal to be eager, enthusiastic, etc.: used in prp.: raring to go
- Infrequently occurring; uncommon: a rare event; a plant that is rare in this region.
- Excellent; extraordinary: a rare sense of honor.
- Thin in density; rarefied: rare air.
Origin of rareMiddle English from Old French from Latin rārus
Origin of rareMiddle English rere lightly boiled from Old English hrēr ; see kerə- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative rarer or more rare, superlative rarest or most rare)
- (cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
- (cooked very lightly): well done
From a dialectal variant of rear, from Middle English rere, from Old English hrÄ“r, hrÄ“re (“not thoroughly cooked, underdone, lightly boiled"), from hrÄ“ran (“to move, shake, agitate"), from Proto-Germanic *hrÅzijanÄ… (“to stir"), from Proto-Indo-European *á¸±era-, *á¸±rÄ- (“to mix, stir, cook"). Related to Old English hrÅr (“stirring, busy, active, strong, brave"). More at rear.
(comparative rarer, superlative rarest)
From Middle English rare, from Old French rare, rere (“rare, uncommon"), from Latin rÄrus (“loose, spaced apart, thin, infrequent"), from Proto-Indo-European *er(e)-, *rÄ“- (“friable, thin"). Replaced native Middle English gesen ("rare, scarce"; from Old English gÇ£sne), Middle English seld ("rare, uncommon"; from Old English selden), and Middle English seldsene ("rare, rarely seen, infrequent"; from Old Norse sialdsÄ“nn; See seldsome).
(third-person singular simple present rares, present participle raring, simple past and past participle rared)
Variant of rear.
(comparative more rare, superlative most rare)
- (obsolete) early