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Dictionary Definition

rare adj
1 not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness; "a rare word"; "rare books"
2 recurring only at long intervals; "a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"
3 not widely distributed; "rare herbs"; "rare patches of gree in the desert"
4 marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind; "what is so rare as a day in June"-J.R.Lowell; "a rare skill"; "an uncommon sense of humor"; "she was kind to an uncommon degree" [syn: uncommon]
5 having low density; "rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air" [syn: rarefied, rarified]
6 (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside; "rare roast beef"

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From rarus.


  1. Very uncommon; scarce.
  2. (of cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of beef).
very uncommon
cooked very lightly
very uncommon
  • Arabic: (nāder)
  • Chinese: 稀少 (xīshǎo)
  • Croatian: rijedak
  • Dutch: zeldzaam, zeldzame
  • Finnish: harvinainen
  • French: rare, peu commun
  • German: selten, rar
  • Greek: σπάνιος (spánios)
  • Hungarian: ritka
  • Italian: raro
  • Japanese: 珍しい (めずらしい, mezurashii)
  • Korean: 드문 (deumun)
  • Kurdish:
  • Persian: (kamyāb), (nāyāb), (šazz)
  • Portuguese: raro
  • Russian: редкий
  • Sanskrit: विरल (viral)
  • Slovak: riedky
  • Slovene: redek
  • Spanish: escaso
  • Swedish: sällsynt, rar, ovanlig
  • Telugu: అరుదు (arudu)
cooked very lightly
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Etymology 2

Varinat of rear.


  1. In the context of "US|intransitive": To rear, rise up, start backwards.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 328:
      Frank pretended to rare back as if bedazzled, shielding his eyes with a forearm.
  2. In the context of "US|transitive": To rear, bring up, raise.




From Latin rarus






rare p



  1. sv-adj-form-abs-def-m rar

Extensive Definition

Rare is a word used to denote low numbers of abundance, uncommon, scarce.
It can also refer to:
rare in French: RARE

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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