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[reb-uh] /ˈrɛb ə/
noun, Yiddish.
a teacher in a Jewish school.
(often initial capital letter) a title of respect for the leader of a Hasidic group. Unabridged
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  • And the little tree falls, and the rebbe splits it up into logs, and the logs into splinters.

    Stories and Pictures Isaac Loeb Peretz
  • We sat down on the ground in a row, the "rebbe" in the middle.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Uncles and cousins came, and perhaps my brother's rebbe, to examine his pupil in the hearing of the family.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The rebbe regards the pupil in amazement mixed with anxiety.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • The fingers of the rebbe were long, and the nails, I am afraid, were not very clean.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
British Dictionary definitions for rebbe


noun (Judaism)
the usually dynastic leader of a Chassidic sect
an individual's chosen spiritual mentor
Word Origin
Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi
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Word Origin and History for rebbe

1881, from Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbi (see rabbi).

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