from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Infrequently occurring; uncommon: a rare event; a plant that is rare in this region.
- adj. Excellent; extraordinary: a rare sense of honor.
- adj. Thin in density: rarefied: rare air.
- adj. Cooked just a short time so as to retain juice and redness: a rare steak.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
- adj. Very uncommon; scarce.
- adj. thin; of low density
- v. To rear, rise up, start backwards.
- v. To rear, bring up, raise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Early.
- adj. Nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone.
- adj. Not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual.
- adj. Of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found.
- adj. Thinly scattered; dispersed.
- adj. Characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thin; porous; not dense; of slight consistence; rarefied; having relatively little matter in a given volume: as, a rare substance; the rare atmosphere of high mountains.
- Thinly scattered; coming or occurring at wide intervals; sparse; dispersed.
- Very uncommon or infrequent; seldom occurring or to be found; hardly ever met with.
- Hence Remarkable from uncommonness; especially, uncommonly good, excellent, valuable, fine, or the like; of an excellence seldom met with.
- Synonyms Rare, Scarce, infrequent, unusual. Rare implies that only few of the kind exist: as, perfect diamonds are rare. Scarce properly implies a previous or usual condition of greater abundance. Rare, means that there are much fewer of a kind to be found than may be found where scarce would apply.
- Singular, extraordinary, incomparable, choice.
- Not thoroughly cooked; partly cooked; underdone: applied to meat: as, rare beef; a rare chop.
- A dialectal form of rear.
- An obsolete form of roar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
- adj. not widely distributed
- adj. not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
- adj. having low density
- adj. recurring only at long intervals
- adj. marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin rārus.
Middle English rere, lightly boiled, from Old English hrēr; see kerə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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 *hrōzijanan (“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. (Wiktionary)
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). (Wiktionary)
Variant of rear. (Wiktionary)