Definition of rarebit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛːbɪt/
(also Welsh rarebit)


[mass noun]
A dish of melted and seasoned cheese on toast, sometimes with other ingredients.
Example sentences
  • Make sure you try the smoked haddock rarebit with creamed leeks and smoked bacon.
  • Here, they are matched with a smoked haddock rarebit for an ultra-tasty dish.
  • Meanwhile, to make the rarebit, very gently melt the cheese with the milk and stout in a heavy-based pan.


Late 18th century: alteration of rabbit in Welsh rabbit; the reason for the use of the term rabbit is unknown.

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