Definition of


  1. (adj, all) not widely distributed
    rare patches of green in the desert
  2. (adj, all) not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
    rare books
  3. (adj, all) (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
  4. (adj, all) recurring only at long intervals
    total eclipses are rare events
  5. (adj, all) marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
    a rare skill
    an uncommon sense of humor
    she was kind to an uncommon degree
  6. (adj, all) having low density
    lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Rare

rarefied, rarified, uncommon

Alternate forms of Rare

Derivations: rareness, rarity

Origin of the word Rare

  1. "unusual," c.1420, originally "few in number and widely separated," from O.Fr. rere "sparse" (14c.), from L. rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture," from PIE *er-, *ere- "to loose, split, separate" (cf. Skt. rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" O.C.S. oriti "to dissolve, destroy;" Lith. irti "to dissolve;" … more
  2. "undercooked," 1655, variant of M.E. rere, from O.E. hrer "lightly cooked," probably related to hreran "to stir, move." Originally of eggs, not recorded in reference to meat until 1784, and according to OED, in this sense "formerly often regarded as an Americanism, although it was current in many English dialects ...." more
  3. "rise up," 1833, dialectal variant of rear (v.). Sense of "eager" (in raring to go) first recorded 1909. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Rare

r, r-2, ra, rahu, raiu, rariora, raw, ray, re, rear, rehear, rewa-rewa, rewire, rh, rhea, rho, ri, rio, rira, ro, roar, roarer, roe, roi, roue, row, rower, ru, ru 486, rue

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