• (British) IPA: /ɹɛə/
  • (Irish) IPA: [ɹɜɹ]
  • (America) IPA: /ɹɛəɹ/

rare (comparative rarer, superlative rarest)

  1. Very uncommon; scarce.
    Black pearls are very rare and therefore very valuable.
    Synonyms: scarce, selcouth, seld, seldsome, selly, geason, uncommon, Thesaurus:rare
    Antonyms: common, frequent, Thesaurus:common
  2. (of a gas) Thin; of low density.
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rare (comparative rarer, superlative rarest)

  1. (cooking, particularly meats) Cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red (in the case of steak or beef in the general sense).
    • New-laid eggs, which Baucis' busy care / Turned by a gentle fire, and roasted rare.
    Antonyms: well done
  • French: saignant
  • German: blutig, englisch
  • Italian: al sangue
  • Portuguese: mal passado
  • Russian: непрожа́ренный
  • Spanish: crudo, poco hecho

rare (rares, present participle raring; 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.


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

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