not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
"a rare word"; "rare books"
recurring only at long intervals
"a rare appearance"; "total eclipses are rare events"
not widely distributed
"rare herbs"; "rare patches of green in the desert"
rare, rarefied, rarified(adj)
having low density
"rare gasses"; "lightheaded from the rarefied mountain air"
marked by an uncommon quality; especially superlative or extreme of its kind
"what is so rare as a day in June"-J.R.Lowell; "a rare skill"; "an uncommon sense of humor"; "she was kind to an uncommon degree"
(of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
"rare roast beef"
nearly raw; partially cooked; not thoroughly cooked; underdone; as, rare beef or mutton
not frequent; seldom met with or occurring; unusual; as, a rare event
of an uncommon nature; unusually excellent; valuable to a degree seldom found
thinly scattered; dispersed
characterized by wide separation of parts; of loose texture; not thick or dense; thin; as, a rare atmosphere at high elevations
Origin: [Cf. Rather, Rath.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rār, adj. (comp. Rā′rer; superl. Rā′rest) thin: not dense, as rarefied atmosphere: sparse: seldom met with: uncommon: excellent: especially good: extraordinary.—ns. Rāre′bit, an erroneous form of Welsh-rabbit; Rarefac′tion, act of rarefying: expansion of aëriform bodies.—adj. Rar′efiable, capable of being rarefied.—v.t. Rarefy (rar′e-fī, or rā′re-fī), to make rare, thin, or less dense: to expand a body.—v.i. to become less dense:—pa.t. and pa.p. rar′efied.—adv. Rāre′ly, seldom: remarkably well.—ns. Rāre′ness, tenuity: scarcity; Rarity (rar′i-ti), state of being rare: thinness: subtilty: something valued for its scarcity: uncommonness. [Fr.,—L. rārus.]
rār, adj. underdone—of meat. [A.S. hrēr.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2186
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3842
Rank popularity for the word 'RARE' in Adjectives Frequency: #274
The numerical value of RARE in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of RARE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
These extreme rare events, they're not rare anymore.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
While it’s a rare disease to get, it’s even more rare to survive it.
Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to nurture it in solitude and to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
Last breath is rare, therefore expensive. However, we prefer to stay poor ... (Dernier soupir est rare, donc cher. - Pourtant, on préfère rester pauvre...)
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Translations for RARE
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- cru, rarCatalan, Valencian
- krvavý, vzácný, řídkýCzech
- rød, sjældenDanish
- blutig, englisch, rar, seltenGerman
- crudo, escaso, poco hecho, raroSpanish
- erakordne, haruldaneEstonian
- نایاب, شاذ, کمیابPersian
- saignant, rare, peu communFrench
- ainneamh, gannScottish Gaelic
- véres, ritkaHungarian
- al sangue, raroItalian
- bluddegLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- jarang, nadirMalay
- bloedig, zeldzaam, bloedige, zeldzame, saignantDutch
- krwisty, rzadkiPolish
- mal passado, raro, rarefeitoPortuguese
- rar, rerRomansh
- rarefiat, rarRomanian
- риједак, redak, редак, rijedakSerbo-Croatian
- rar, ovanlig, sällsyntSwedish
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