rare·​bit ˈrer-bət How to pronounce rarebit (audio)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This is because ‘riffraff rugby fans, having belted out Delilah at a game, and who probably drink pints of lukewarm beer with their rarebits,’ are not reciting Captain Fluellen’s lines ‘upon St. Davy’s Day’ from Henry IV, Part 1. Matthew Carey Salyer, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2023 Add additional cheese sauce to the burger (if desired) and then top with the remaining half of the welsh rarebit. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 21 Nov. 2020 Though rarebit may have once been rabbit, linguistically—there’s evidence that the British standard was originally named after the animal, for reasons unclear—there’s nothing leporine about the dish. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2022 Guests including TyLynn Nguyen, Tamu McPherson, Sarah Harris, Rajni Jacques, Alex Carl, and Sai de Silva dined on welsh rarebit and gin and tonics while the conversation flowed over more cocktails and dessert. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2022 Chili powders were used in early versions of Tex-Mex queso, including Mexican rarebit, a spicy take on Welsh rarebit. Washington Post, 11 Oct. 2019 The outdoor space inspired a new pub and patio menu featuring lighter fare, like a beet and veggie burger, smoked salmon salad, and sandwich versions of classics like the Scotch rarebit and prime rib. Heather Platt, Los Angeles Magazine, 9 May 2018 Like its cheesier cousin, the Welsh rabbit (better known as rarebit), its name is fanciful. Smithsonian, 4 Nov. 2017 The rarebits were an appropriately Anglophile snack to accompany beer and punch. Paul Freedman, Town & Country, 7 Apr. 2017 See More

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Word History


(Welsh) rarebit

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rarebit was in 1848

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“Rarebit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rarebit. Accessed 6 Jun. 2023.

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rare·​bit ˈra(ə)r-bət How to pronounce rarebit (audio)
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