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

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

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

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  • The rebbe exchanges his skull-cap for his street cap, is about to go.

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

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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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