Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

rare

 - definitions and thesaurus
 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective rare pronunciation in British English /reə(r)/
Word Forms
Close
adjectiverare
comparativerarer
superlativerarest
  1. 1
    not happening very often
    In a rare moment of honesty, he told her what he had done.
    it is rare (for someone) to do something: It’s extremely rare for her to lose her temper.
    Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      not often seen or found, and therefore admired or valued very much
      This is one of the rarest plants in the collection.
      He has a rare talent for managing people.
      Synonyms and related words
      Synonyms and related words
  2. 2
    rare meat has been cooked for only a short time and is red inside
    I’ll have my steak rare.
    Synonyms and related words

free-from

used to describe foods which don't contain ingredients such as wheat, dairy products etc …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

animated

lively or active

Open Dictionary

red market

the buying and selling of human organs

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog