Share this entry

rare breed Line breaks: rare breed

Definition of rare breed in English:

noun

1A breed of livestock or poultry that is not associated with large-scale commercial farming, typically one that has traditionally been reared in a particular region: he rears various rare breeds including Gloucester Old Spot pigs [as modifier]: rare breed cattle
More example sentences
  • Even in the White Park cattle (which are a carefully managed rare breed), black or brown calves still occasionally turn up.
  • One of the more unusual sights on the field were rare breed cattle, the striped belted Galloways.
  • I researched all the farmers' markets and spent time on a rare breed pig farm in Cumbria.
2A person or thing with characteristics that are uncommon among their kind; a rarity: she’s one of the rare breed of Hollywood stars who tread the fine line between commercial glory and art house credibility
More example sentences
  • Truly cooperative games are a rather rare breed amongst board games.
  • Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurs are still a rare breed in both countries.
  • Hill is a paper conservator, a rare breed in the world of art conservation.

Definition of rare breed in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources