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4 letters words from 'rare'

RARE 4REAR 4

3 letters words from 'rare'

ARE 3EAR 3
ERA 3ERR 3

2 letters words from 'rare'

AE 2AR 2
EA 2ER 2
RE 2 

All 4 letters words made out of rare

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Definitions and meaning of rare

rare

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹɛə(ɹ)/
  • (Irish) IPA(key): [ɹɜɹ]
  • (General American, Canada) IPA(key): /ɹɛəɹ/, /ɹɛɹ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(r)

Etymology 1

From Middle English rare, from Old French rare, rere (rare, uncommon), from Latin rārus (loose, spaced apart, thin, infrequent), from Proto-Indo-European *er(e)-, *rē- (friable, thin). Replaced native Middle English gesen (rare, scarce) (from Old English gǣsne), Middle English seld (rare, uncommon) (from Old English selden), and Middle English seldscene (rare, rarely seen, infrequent) (from Old English seldsēne; see seldsome).

Adjective

rare (comparative rarer, superlative rarest)

  1. Very uncommon; scarce.
    Synonyms: scarce, selcouth, seld, seldsome, selly, geason, uncommon; see also Thesaurus:rare
    Antonyms: common, frequent; see also Thesaurus:common
  2. (of a gas) Thin; of low density.
  3. (Britain, slang) Good; enjoyable.
    • 1981, Chris Difford (lyrics), Glenn Tilbrook (vocal), "Vanity Fair" (song):
      Sees her reflection in a butcher shop.
      She finds it all quite rare
      That her meat's all vanity fair.
Derived terms
  • rare bird
  • rare earth mineral
Related terms
  • rarity
Translations

Noun

rare (plural rares)

  1. (gaming) A scarce or uncommon item.
    • 1995, George Baxter, Larry W. Smith, Mastering Magic Cards (page 116)
      Most of the time, you do this by trading low-valued rares for more valuable ones or trading uncommons for rares. Other times it's trading cards that are in print for ones that are out of print, or low-value rares for good uncommons.

Etymology 2

From a dialectal variant of rear, from Middle English rere, from Old English hrēr, hrēre (not thoroughly cooked, underdone, lightly boiled), from hrēran (to move, shake, agitate), from Proto-Germanic *hrōzijaną (to stir), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera-, *ḱrā- (to mix, stir, cook). Related to Old English hrōr (stirring, busy, active, strong, brave). More at rear.

Alternative forms

  • reer, rere (British)

Adjective

rare (comparative rarer or more rare, superlative rarest or most rare)

  1. (cooking) Particularly of meat, especially beefsteak: cooked very lightly, so the meat is still red.
    Antonym: well done
Derived terms
  • medium rare
Translations

Etymology 3

Variant of rear.

Verb

rare (third-person singular simple present rares, present participle raring, simple 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.
Usage notes
  • Principal current, non-literary use is of the present participle raring with a verb in "raring to". The principal verb in that construction is go. Thus, raring to go ("eager (to start something)") is the expression in which rare is most often encountered as a verb.

Etymology 4

Compare rather, rath.

Adjective

rare (comparative more rare, superlative most rare)

  1. (obsolete) early

References

  • Rare in The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English

Anagrams

  • arré, rear

Danish

Adjective

rare

  1. plural and definite singular attributive of rar

Dutch

Alternative forms

  • raren (Brabantian)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈraː.rə/

Adjective

rare

  1. Inflected form of raar

Noun

rare m (plural raren, diminutive rareke n)

  1. weird person
    Synonym: rare vogel

References

  • [1]

French

Etymology

Borrowed (in this form) from Latin rārus. Compare the inherited Old French rer, rere.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ʁɑʁ/

Adjective

rare (plural rares)

  1. rare

Derived terms

  • rareté
  • rarissime
  • terre rare

Further reading

  • “rare” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • erra

German

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -aːʁə

Adjective

rare

  1. inflection of rar:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Ido

Adverb

rare

  1. rarely
    Antonyms: freque, ofte

Italian

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -are

Adjective

rare

  1. feminine plural of raro

Anagrams

  • erra

Latin

Etymology 1

Adverb

rārē (comparative rārius, superlative rārissimē)

  1. thinly, sparsely, here and there
  2. rarely, seldom

Etymology 2

Adjective

rāre

  1. vocative masculine singular of rārus

References

  • rare in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • rare in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934

Middle English

Alternative forms

  • rere

Etymology

From Old French rer and Latin rārus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈraːr(ə)/, /ˈrɛːr(ə)/

Adjective

rare

  1. airy, vacuous
  2. porous, breathable
  3. sparsely spread
  4. rare, uncommon, scarce
  5. small, little

Related terms

  • rarefien

Descendants

  • English: rare

References

  • “rār(e, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-03-29.

Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin rārus.

Adjective

rare m or f

  1. (Jersey) rare

Derived terms

  • rarement (rarely)

Norwegian Bokmål

Adjective

rare

  1. inflection of rar:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Norwegian Nynorsk

Adjective

rare

  1. inflection of rar:
    1. definite singular
    2. plural

Swedish

Adjective

rare

  1. absolute definite natural masculine form of rar.

Anagrams

  • rear

Source: wiktionary.org
  • RAPTUROUSNESS, the state of being rapturous.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)