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noun Informal.
  1. a Confederate soldier.
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Origin of reb

shortened form of rebel

Reb

[reb]
noun Yiddish.
  1. Mister (used as a title of respect).
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Origin of Reb

literally, rabbi
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  • When Reb Mordecai concluded his sad narration, all about him were in tears.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • Let us enter one of the houses, that of Reb Mordecai Winenki.

    Rabbi and Priest

    Milton Goldsmith

  • The hands of Reb' Lebe were large, and his beard was not half a handful.

  • This head of his, "Reb" Yankel used to say, was stuffed with hay or feathers.

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich

  • And that was how it came about that there were two parties at "Reb" Yankel's "Cheder."

    Jewish Children

    Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich


British Dictionary definitions for reb

reb

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) US informal a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (1861–65)Also called: Johnny Reb
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Word Origin

short for rebel

Reb

noun
  1. Judaism an honorific title, corresponding to Mr, for those who do not have rabbinic qualifications: usually followed by the person's forenameReb Dovid
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Word Origin

Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi, master
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Word Origin and History for reb

n.

abbreviation of rebel (n.), 1862, in U.S. Civil War context.

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