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Etymology 1Edit

From a dialectal variant of rear, from Middle English rere, from Old English hrēr, hrēre (not thoroughly cooked, underdone, lightly boiled), from hrēran (to move, shake, agitate), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijaną (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.

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rare (comparative rarer or more rare, superlative rarest or most rare)

  1. (cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
    • Dryden
      New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy care / Turned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare.
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  • medium-rare
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Etymology 2Edit

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)-, *rē- (friable, thin). Replaced native Middle English gesen ("rare, scarce"; from Old English gǣsne), Middle English seld ("rare, uncommon"; from Old English selden), and Middle English seldsene ("rare, rarely seen, infrequent"; from Old Norse sialdsēnn; See seldsome).

AdjectiveEdit

rare (comparative rarer, superlative rarest)

  1. Very uncommon; scarce.
    • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 3: 
      Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, and individual plants are highly heterozygous and do not breed true. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better.
    Black pearls are very rare and therefore, very valuable.
  2. (of a gas) Thin; of low density.
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Etymology 3Edit

Variant of rear.

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rare (third-person singular simple present rares, present participle raring, simple past and past participle rared)

  1. (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. (US, transitive) To rear, bring up, raise.

Etymology 4Edit

Compare rather, rath.

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rare (comparative more rare, superlative most rare)

  1. (obsolete) early
    • Chapman
      Rude mechanicals that rare and late / Work in the market place.

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DanishEdit

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rare

  1. definite of rar
  2. plural form of rar

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rare

  1. Inflected form of raar

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin rārus.

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rare (masculine and feminine, plural rares)

  1. rare

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GermanEdit

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rare

  1. inflected form of rar

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rare

  1. rarely

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rare f pl

  1. feminine plural of raro

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JèrriaisEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin rārus.

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rare (epicene, plural rares)

  1. rare

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LatinEdit

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rāre

  1. vocative masculine singular of rārus

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rare

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of rar.
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 16:28