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[rair-bit] /ˈrɛər bɪt/
Origin of rarebit
Can be confused
rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rarebit
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  • We are going over to the Lewinsohns for four-handed rummy and then a rarebit.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • "Let's stop in and have a rarebit," he suggested one midnight.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • It is a white cheese of a creamy consistency and delicate flavour, and is to be commended for the making of Welsh rarebit.

    Far Off Things Arthur Machen
  • At about midnight Sam came in with my expected guest, and we had a rarebit and ale.

    One of My Sons Anna Katharine Green
  • But the greatest success came in the Welsh rarebit which a master hand had evolved from the stale damper and the dried-up cheese.

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • “I am going to stir the rarebit,” announced Margaret firmly.

  • But the fragrance of the rarebit and the splendor of Foo's toilet were alike lost upon the aroused Miss Meiggs.

    Stanford Stories Charles K. Field
  • Then Stuyvesant wanted a rarebit and Frances made it, so that it was after one before Don reached his own home.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • It will be no use telling anyone about this even if we do get out of here, they'll say that we have had a rarebit dream.

  • English monkey may be made according to the following recipe and served for the same purposes as Welsh rarebit.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
British Dictionary definitions for rarebit


another term for Welsh rabbit
Word Origin
C18: by folk etymology from (Welsh) rabbit; see rare², bit1
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Word Origin and History for rarebit

1785, perversion of (Welsh) rabbit, as if from rare + bit. See Welsh.

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