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rab·​bit ˈra-bət How to pronounce rabbit (audio)
plural rabbit or rabbits
often attributive
: any of a family (Leporidae) of long-eared short-tailed lagomorph mammals with long hind legs:
: 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
: hare
: the pelt of a rabbit
: a figure of a rabbit sped mechanically along the edge of a dog track as an object of pursuit
: a runner in a long-distance race who sets a fast pace for the field in the first part of the race
rabbity adjective


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rabbited; rabbiting; rabbits
rabbiter noun

Examples of rabbit in a Sentence

Noun We keep rabbits as pets.
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Word History



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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rabbit was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Rabbit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabbit. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural rabbit or rabbits
: any of various small burrowing mammals with long ears and short tails that differ from the related hares especially in being born with the eyes closed and without fur
also : the pelt of a rabbit
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