rare Definition

  • 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!

  • Example

    It's rare to find such a beautiful place.

  • Example

    The disease is very rare and affects only a few people.

  • Example

    I like my steak rare.

  • Example

    This book is a rare find.

rare Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using rare

  • rare, infrequent, or uncommon


    Opportunities like this are few and far between.

  • very rarely, almost never


    I only see my old college friends once in a blue moon.

  • something that is very difficult or impossible to find


    Trying to find a parking spot in this city is like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Phrases with rare

  • an unusual or exceptional person


    He's a rare bird, always coming up with new ideas.

  • a type of animal that is not common or popular


    The farm specializes in raising rare breeds of sheep.

  • a precious or exceptional thing or person


    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' [reษ™r] 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.

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