[rab-uh-nit, -neyt]


the office or term of office of a rabbi.
a group of rabbis: the Orthodox rabbinate.

Origin of rabbinate

First recorded in 1695–1705; rabbin + -ate3
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the position, function, or tenure of office of a rabbi
rabbis collectively
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Word Origin and History for rabbinate

1702, from rabbin "rabbi" (see rabbinical) + -ate (1).

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