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Reuben

[roo-buh n] /ˈru bən/
noun
1.
the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29, 30.
2.
one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the tribe traditionally descended from him.
4.
a male given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “behold a son.”.
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  • For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart.

  • For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart.

  • There wa'n't nobody else; the world was all Reuben 'n' all Lovey to them.

    The Village Watch-Tower (AKA Kate Douglas Riggs) Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I was in the act of following him into the room, when Reuben plucked at my sleeve to detain me.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But we must push on, Reuben, if we are to help our companion.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It might have gone ill with Reuben had he been left to his own resources.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • It is the evil stomach that she hath,' said Reuben, walking his horse up to her.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
British Dictionary definitions for Reuben

Reuben

/ˈruːbɪn/
noun (Old Testament)
1.
the eldest son of Jacob and Leah: one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 29:30)
2.
the Israelite tribe descended from him
3.
the territory of this tribe, lying to the northeast of the Dead Sea
Douay spelling Ruben
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Word Origin and History for Reuben

masc. proper name, Old Testament eldest son of Jacob and name of the tribe descended from him, from Greek Rouben, from Hebrew Reubhen, probably literally "Behold a son," from reu, imperative of ra'ah "he saw" + ben "a son." As a typical name of a farmer, rustic, or country bumpkin, from 1804. The reuben sandwich (1956) is "Not obviously connected" with the sense in rube [OED], possibly from Reuben's restaurant, a popular spot in New York's Lower East Side.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for Reuben

Reuben

noun

hayseed, hick, rube (1905+ Carnival circus)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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