- 1not occurring very often
- 2uncommon or unusual
- 3of meat, cooked very lightly so that the inside is still red
Using rare: Examples
Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "rare" can be used in various situations through the following examples!
It's rare to find such a beautiful place.
The disease is very rare and affects only a few people.
I like my steak rare.
This book is a rare find.
rare Synonyms and Antonyms
Idioms Using rare
Opportunities like this are few and far between.
I only see my old college friends once in a blue moon.
Trying to find a parking spot in this city is like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Phrases with rare
He's a rare bird, always coming up with new ideas.
The farm specializes in raising rare breeds of sheep.
She's a rare gem, always willing to help others.
Origins of rare
from Latin 'rarus', meaning 'thinly sown'
Summary: rare in Brief
The term 'rare' [reər] refers to things that are not common or frequent. It can describe anything from a beautiful place to a disease that affects only a few people. 'Rare' also describes meat that is cooked very lightly so that the inside is still red. Phrases like 'rare bird' and 'rare gem' denote exceptional people or things, while idioms like 'once in a blue moon' and 'a needle in a haystack' emphasize rarity.