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Gabbai

[Sephardic Hebrew gah-bahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-bahy; English guh-bahy]
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noun, plural Gab·ba·im [Sephardic Hebrew gah-bah-eem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-bahy-im] /Sephardic Hebrew gɑ bɑˈim; Ashkenazic Hebrew gɑˈbaɪ ɪm/, English Gab·bais. (sometimes lowercase) Hebrew.
  1. a minor official of a synagogue, having limited ceremonial or administrative functions.
  2. (in the early Middle Ages) a government official charged with collecting taxes.
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Origin of Gabbai

literally, treasurer
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Historical Examples

  • He heaved a deep sigh at his own hypocrisy, and the Gabbai sighed in response.

    Dreamers of the Ghetto

    I. Zangwill

  • Then S. Cohn felt not only Gabbai, but town councillor again.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • There was a burst of laughter, to the Gabbai's great astonishment.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • You're the first Gabbai I ever knew who was satisfied with his balance-sheet.

    Ghetto Comedies

    Israel Zangwill

  • Shame on you—you a Gabbai (treasurer) of the Great Synagogue.

    The King of Schnorrers

    Israel Zangwill