[Sephardic Hebrew gah-bahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-bahy; English guh-bahy]
- a minor official of a synagogue, having limited ceremonial or administrative functions.
- (in the early Middle Ages) a government official charged with collecting taxes.
Origin of Gabbai
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Examples from the Web for gabbai
He heaved a deep sigh at his own hypocrisy, and the Gabbai sighed in response.Dreamers of the Ghetto
Then S. Cohn felt not only Gabbai, but town councillor again.
You're the first Gabbai I ever knew who was satisfied with his balance-sheet.
There was a burst of laughter, to the Gabbai's great astonishment.
Shame on you—you a Gabbai (treasurer) of the Great Synagogue.The King of Schnorrers