From Here to Eternity proved to be one of the rare films that was hit with both critics and the public.
Sallust is ruthless and charming, a connoisseur of rare wines and rare women.
On Park Avenue, beards are about as rare as readers of Jacobin.
In my book it certainly qualifies as a “rarest of the rare” kind of crime.
Asians played a role in the Moscow street scene, and “of the three great human races, only black was rare.”
"Mas' Gammon's a rare old man," said the farmer, emphatically.
No one knew unless he was an educated theologian, and such were rare.
Miss Sprague is a lady of rare ability and an honor to her profession.
This was a rare and glorious opportunity, of course, for Bramble.
Yes, it is a rare weapon, and there is none like it in the armoury.
"unusual," late 14c., "thin, airy, porous;" mid-15c., "few in number and widely separated, sparsely distributed, seldom found;" from Old French rere "sparse" (14c.), from Latin rarus "thinly sown, having a loose texture; not thick; having intervals between, full of empty spaces," from PIE *ra-ro-, from root *ere- "to separate; adjoin" (cf. Sanskrit rte "besides, except," viralah "distant, tight, rare;" Old Church Slavonic rediku "rare," Old Hittite arhaš "border," Lithuanian irti "to be dissolved"). "Few in number," hence, "unusual." Related: Rareness. In chemistry, rare earth is from 1818.
"undercooked," 1650s, variant of Middle English rere, from Old English hrere "lightly cooked," probably related to hreran "to stir, move, shake, agitate," from Proto-Germanic *hror- (cf. Old Frisian hrera "to stir, move," Old Saxon hrorian, Dutch roeren, German rühren, Old Norse hroera), from PIE base *kere- "to mix, confuse; cook" (cf. Greek kera- "to mix," krasis "mixture"). Originally of eggs, not recorded in reference to meat until 1784, and according to OED, in this sense "formerly often regarded as an Americanism, although it was current in many English dialects ...."
"rise up," 1833, dialectal variant of rear (v.). Sense of "eager" (in raring to go) first recorded 1909. Related: Rared; raring.