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Sense: 1,3
Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: rarus
Sense: 2
Date: 1600-1700
Origin: rear 'lightly cooked' (15-19 centuries), from Old English hrer

rare

adjective
     
Related topics: Food
rare S3 W2 comparative rarer, superlative rarest
1 not seen or found very often, or not happening very often [≠ common; ↪ unusual]:
This species of plant is becoming increasingly rare.
I only saw Helen on the rare occasions when I went into her shop.
it is rare (for somebody/something) to do something
It is rare to find such an interesting group of people.
It is very rare for her to miss a day at school.
2DF meat that is rare has only been cooked for a short time and is still red [↪ underdone, well-done]:
I like my steak rare.
3 [only before noun] British English old-fashioned very good or surprising:
We had a rare old time at the party.
WORD FOCUS: cook WORD FOCUS: cook
fry (in oil)
boil
(in hot water)
bake
(bread and cakes in an oven)
roast
(meat or vegetables in an oven)
microwave
(using a microwave oven)
grill
/broil American English (using a grill)
steam
, toast, simmer, poach, barbecue, stir-fry, saute, chargrill

raw (not cooked)
rare
(used about meat that has been cooked for a short time)
well-done
(used about meat that has been cooked for a long time)
cook

See also
cook

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