[ adjective ] not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
"a rare word" "rare books"
Used in print(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
For_that_matter , Stan_Musial is rare , possessing the disposition that enabled him to put_out the same for seven managers , reserving his opinions , but not his effort .(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Another source of NBC pride was its rare film_clip of Bix_Beiderbecke , but this view of the great trumpeter flew_by so fast that a prolonged wink would have blotted_out the entire glimpse .(Mr. America, 4:6...)
Rarer still is a Mr._America or Mr._Universe of true Herculean build .(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)
When these groups were first formed many prominent and accomplished decorators could not have had the advantage of school training since interior_design courses were rare and undeveloped during their youth .(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)
Whenever artists , indeed , turned_to actual representations or molded three-dimensional_figures , which were rare down to 800 B.C. , they tended to reflect reality ( see Plate 6a , 9b ) ; a schematic , abstract treatment of men and animals , by intent , rose only in the late eighth century .
[ adjective ] recurring only at long intervals
"a rare appearance" "total eclipses are rare events"
Used in print(Leo Lemon, "Catch Up With" and "Something to...)
THE MUSIC OF BINI_SALFININISTAS , CAPITAL_LP 63711 - R , one of the rare recordings of this titanic , yet unsung , composer .
[ adjective ] not widely distributed
"rare herbs" "rare patches of gree in the desert"
Used in print(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
They 've got a big vulture from Tanganika at the zoo here , with a wife for him , too , very rare birds , both of them , the only Vulturidae of their species outside Africa .
[ adjective ] (of meat) cooked a short time; still red inside
"rare roast beef"