Rare Definition

rared, rarer, rarest, raring
rarer, rarest
Not frequently encountered; scarce; unusual.
Webster's New World
Unusually good; excellent.
A rare scholar.
Webster's New World
Not dense; thin; tenuous.
Rare atmosphere.
Webster's New World
Cooked just a short time so as to retain juice and redness.
A rare steak.
American Heritage
Not close together; scattered.
Webster's New World
Webster's New World
To be eager, enthusiastic, etc.
Raring to go.
Webster's New World

(US, intransitive) To rear, rise up, start backwards.


(US) To rear, bring up, raise.


Other Word Forms of Rare


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Origin of Rare

  • From Middle English rare, from Old French rare, rere (“rare, uncommon"), from Latin rārus (“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).

    From Wiktionary

  • 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 *hrōzijanÄ… (“to stir"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (“to mix, stir, cook"). Related to Old English hrōr (“stirring, busy, active, strong, brave"). More at rear.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English rere lightly boiled from Old English hrēr kerə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin rārus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare rather, rath.

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of rear.

    From Wiktionary

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