There are 2 definitions of rare in English:

rare1

Syllabification: rare
Pronunciation: /re(ə)r
 
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adjective (rarer, rarest)

1(Of an event, situation, or condition) not occurring very often: a rare genetic disorder [with infinitive]: it’s rare to meet someone who’s content with their life
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  • The best that most of us can do is to live with it, enjoy it and be thankful it is such a rare event.
  • She was diagnosed with a rare condition that inflamed her liver at just six weeks old.
  • The condition is so rare it only affects a handful of women in the world each year.
Synonyms
infrequent, scarce, sparse, few and far between, thin on the ground, like gold dust, as scarce as hen's teeth; occasional, limited, odd, isolated, unaccustomed, unwonted
1.1(Of a thing) not found in large numbers and consequently of interest or value: the jellyfish tree, one of the rarest plants on earth
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  • They are too rare and valuable a bird to be hawked about with the rest of your menagerie.
  • At that time, many people showed a keen interest in studying rare animals and birds.
  • Yet the site is also home to rare mammals such as water voles and rare plants such as pepper saxifrage.
Synonyms
unusual, recherché, uncommon, unfamiliar, atypical, singular
1.2Unusually good or remarkable: he plays with rare strength and sensitivity
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  • For the rare or unusual gift, a trip round the antique or second-hand shops and a little imagination is all you need.
  • Artistically, it is a rare and precious gem that demands careful examination.
  • To be able to take a stand like he did is rare and precious thing in politics.
Synonyms
exceptional, outstanding, unparalleled, peerless, matchless, unique, unrivaled, inimitable, beyond compare, without equal, second to none, unsurpassed; consummate, superior, superlative, first-class
informal A1, top-notch

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'widely spaced, infrequent'): from Latin rarus.

Derivatives

rareness

noun
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  • He bought his records on import, and the exclusivity and rareness of the music gave it a profound glamour.
  • Where there is rareness, there is exclusiveness, and it is an exclusive type of environment.
  • The exceptions shine out all the more brilliantly for their rareness.

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There are 2 definitions of rare in English:

rare2

Syllabification: rare
Pronunciation: /
 
re(ə)r/

adjective (rarer, rarest)

(Of meat, especially beef) lightly cooked, so that the inside is still red.
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  • To them, it tastes as good as medium rare steak.
  • This was sent back to the kitchen as the rare steak was overcooked and the sauce was burnt.
  • The spicy beef was rare and served with green mango and coriander, but lacked any real zing.

Origin

late 18th century: variant of obsolete rear 'half-cooked' (used to refer to soft-boiled eggs, from the mid 17th to mid 19th centuries).

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