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rebbe

[reb-uh]
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noun Yiddish.
  1. a teacher in a Jewish school.
  2. (often initial capital letter) a title of respect for the leader of a Hasidic group.
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  • The rebbe exchanges his skull-cap for his street cap, is about to go.

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

  • The rebbe regards the pupil in amazement mixed with anxiety.

  • Tall and lean was the rebbe, with a lean, pointed face and a thin, pointed beard.

  • Rebbe, translating: "In the beginning God created the earth."


British Dictionary definitions for rebbe

Rebbe

noun Judaism
  1. the usually dynastic leader of a Chassidic sect
  2. an individual's chosen spiritual mentor

Word Origin

Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi
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Word Origin and History for rebbe

n.

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

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