noun, often attributive
rab·​bit | \ ˈra-bət How to pronounce rabbit (audio) \
plural rabbit or rabbits

Definition of rabbit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of a family (Leporidae) of long-eared short-tailed lagomorph mammals with long hind legs:
a : any of various lagomorphs that are born furless, blind, and helpless, that are sometimes gregarious, and that include especially the cottontails of the New World and a small Old World mammal (Oryctolagus cuniculus) that is the source of various domestic breeds
b : hare
2 : the pelt of a rabbit
4a : a figure of a rabbit sped mechanically along the edge of a dog track as an object of pursuit
b : a runner in a long-distance race who sets a fast pace for the field in the first part of the race


rabbited; rabbiting; rabbits

Definition of rabbit (Entry 2 of 2)

Other Words from rabbit


rabbity \ ˈra-​bə-​tē How to pronounce rabbit (audio) \ adjective


rabbiter noun

Examples of rabbit in a Sentence

Noun We keep rabbits as pets.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not many restaurants in Connecticut serve rabbit either. Susan Dunne, courant.com, 21 Mar. 2022 Bolivian wool, Mexican rabbit fur, and Mexican palm leaves. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 1 Sep. 2022 The fair schedule is filled with entertainment, activities and events including strolling acts, lumberjack shows, a petting zoo, rabbit display and livestock showings. Kathy Cichon, Chicago Tribune, 31 Aug. 2022 My grandmother was running around in the hot San Fernando Valley sun at 72, hauling big bags of rabbit feed and chicken feed around. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022 The restaurant will start off with dinner service Wednesday to Sunday with a simple menu of Kin Khao classics, such as the aforementioned spicy wings and massaman curry, along with rabbit green curry and caramelized pork belly. Omar Mamoon, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Aug. 2022 Only identifiable from the outside by a neon, white rabbit sign, there’s no spelling out of what’s behind the doors to the venue. The Indianapolis Star, 29 Aug. 2022 Over the next 70 years, about 90 separate rabbit introductions occurred in Australia. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Aug. 2022 East Village, there won’t be any rabbit on the menu. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But more than just links to click or rabbit holes to follow, Bagley also got some actual leads on bikes after making her post. The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 Try anything from pork to rabbit on a spit, or go all out with a steak. Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2021 From about $110 a night, alpiccoloscoglio.it Eating There Ristorante la Cucina di Nonna Nina, near San Rocco Church, is an unpretentious trattoria dedicated to Ligurian classics such as fish ravioli and rabbit with olives and pine-nuts. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, 28 May 2021 The hood and shoulders are reinforced with durable, water-repelling fabric, which comes in handy for late-season upland or rabbit hunts. Natalie Krebs, Outdoor Life, 18 Nov. 2020 Writing for Citius Mag, former University of Oregon runner Daniel Winn explains how to effectively rabbit a race. oregonlive, 9 Mar. 2020 One study concludes that rising temperatures will drive the volcano rabbits higher into the mountains, perhaps by 2,300 feet over the next century, further shrinking their range. National Geographic, 23 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of rabbit


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rabbit


Middle English rabet, probably from Middle French dialect (Walloon) robett, from obsolete or dialect Dutch robbe, robbeken; probably akin to Middle Low German robbe seal, East Frisian rubben to scratch, rub — more at rub

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rab·​bit | \ ˈra-bət How to pronounce rabbit (audio) \

Kids Definition of rabbit

: a short-tailed mammal that has soft fur and long ears and hind legs and digs burrows


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