Meaning of RARE in English


I. ˈrer adjective

( rar·er ; rar·est )

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin rarus

Date: 14th century

1. : marked by wide separation of component particles : thin

rare air


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

II. adjective

( rar·er ; rar·est )

Etymology: alteration of earlier rere, from Middle English, from Old English hrēre boiled lightly; akin to Old English hrēran to stir, Old High German hruoren

Date: 1784

: cooked so that the inside is still red

rare roast beef

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