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[rab-uh n, ruh-bahn; Sephardic Hebrew, Ashkenazic Hebrew rah-bahn]
noun, plural rab·ba·nim [ruh-bah-nim, rah-buh-neem; Sephardic Hebrew rah-bah-neem; Ashkenazic Hebrew rah-buh-nim, rah-baw-nim] /rəˈbɑ nɪm, ˌrɑ bəˈnim; Sephardic Hebrew rɑ bɑˈnim; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˌrɑ bəˈnɪm, rɑˈbɔ nɪm/. Judaism.
  1. master; teacher (used as a term of address and title of respect for a person ranking higher than a rabbi).
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Origin of rabban

< Hebrew rabbān < Aramaic
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Examples from the Web for rabban

Historical Examples

  • Rab was an inferior title and Rabban a superior one to Rabbi.

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  • As bishop, Mar Shimun is of course a rabban also, and as such eats no meat.

  • He was the first to whose name was prefixed the title Rabban (Master, Teacher).

  • We passed the night in the miserable village of Rabban Audishio.

  • Rabban Ephrem was a handsome young monk, a refugee from Nisibis when that city was ceded to Persia.