Meaning of RARE in English

RARE

adj.

Pronunciation: ' rer

Function: adjective

Inflected Form: rar · er ; rar · est

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin rarus

Date: 14th century

1 : marked by wide separation of component particles : THIN < rare air>

2 a : marked by unusual quality, merit, or appeal : DISTINCTIVE b : superlative or extreme of its kind

3 : seldom occurring or found : UNCOMMON

synonyms see CHOICE , INFREQUENT

– rare · ness noun

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