[Sephardic Hebrew gah-bahy; Ashkenazic Hebrew gah-bahy; English guh-bahy]
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.

Origin of Gabbai

literally, treasurer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018