from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Welsh rabbit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Welsh rabbit

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A dainty morsel; a Welsh rabbit. See Welsh rabbit, under rabbit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Welsh rabbit, under rabbit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cheese melted with ale or beer served over toast


Probably alteration of (Welsh) rabbit.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By contraction of Welsh rarebit, corruption of Welsh rabbit. (Wiktionary)


  • The airy texture does nothing for me though – gooey should be the watchword with rarebit.

    How to cook perfect welsh rarebit

  • All acid fruits, rich desserts, certain coarse vegetables, concoctions of all descriptions such as rarebit, condiments, highly seasoned sauce, etc., should be avoided.

    The Mother and Her Child

  • On September 23rd, 2009 at 5: 03 pm stephanie said: i'm part welsh, and never knew this had nothing to do with rabbit, and i also thought my dad said "rarebit" as a joke! jeez. well, between this and having to google a word from today's confessions post, i'm learning all kinds of new stuff

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  • Every day is different, but a typical spread might include soup served with chunks of wholemeal, a savoury Danish (a whorl of dough stuffed with pesto, tapenade, spinach and goats cheese), Dorset rarebit (with cider) or rustic open sandwiches (doorsteps of sourdough piled with hummus and salad) – all at £5.75.

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  • "If you don't want the bother of making Welsh rarebit just put sliced cheese on hot buttered toast and put under a grill" – unless you fancy a "Hawaiian Sandwich", with ham and those inevitable pineapple rings, finished off with a plate of "Coconut Whispers" 9oz of desiccated coconut, one large tin condensed milk?

    The past in a pineapple ring | Peter Preston

  • They have the requisite scones with clotted cream and finger sandwiches but don't miss the opportunity to try classics like Welsh rarebit, Coronation chicken salad or Tweed kettle pie.

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  • I looked at it and thought about the Italian grill I could set up for making classic bruschetta, or maybe Welsh rarebit.


  • We had what Dad called high tea each day, which consisted of baked beans on toast, welsh rarebit or boiled egg with soldiers.

    Family life

  • Pale, soft cheeses – ricotta, the chèvre and buffalo mozzarella – are less rich than the firmer ones we mostly use for a Welsh rabbit, or rarebit.

    Nigel Slater's cheese recipes

  • Most rarebit recipes, with the exception of Nigel Slater's quick version, loosen the cheese with a liquid: milk or ale, in Jane Grigson's version; cider for Cheese Society; port for Mrs Beeton; or stout, which comes with the weighty recommendations of both Mark Hix and the Bareham / Hopkinson team.

    How to cook perfect welsh rarebit


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