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  1. the Hebrew language as used by rabbis in post-Biblical times.
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Origin of Rabbinic

1605–15; < Medieval Latin rabbīn(us) of a rabbi1 + -ic


or rab·bin·ic

[ruh-bin-i-kuh l or ruh-bin-ik]
  1. of or relating to rabbis or their learning, writings, etc.
  2. for the rabbinate: a rabbinical school.
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Origin of rabbinical

1615–25; < Medieval Latin rabbīn(us) of a rabbi1 + -ical
Related formsnon·rab·bin·i·cal, adjectiveun·rab·bin·ic, adjectiveun·rab·bin·i·cal, adjective
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rabbinical (rəˈbɪnɪkəl)

  1. of or relating to the rabbis, their teachings, writings, views, language, etc
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Derived Formsrabbinically, adverb


Rabbinical Hebrew

  1. the form of the Hebrew language used by the rabbis of the Middle Ages
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Word Origin and History for rabbinic



1620s, earlier rabbinic (1610s); see Rabbi + -ical. The -n- is perhaps via rabbin "rabbi" (1520s), an alternative form, from French rabbin, from Medieval Latin rabbinus (also source of Italian rabbino, Spanish and Portuguese rabino), perhaps from a presumed Semitic plural in -n, or from Aramaic rabban "our teacher," "distinguishing title given to patriarchs and the presidents of the Sanhedrin since the time of Gamaliel the Elder" [Klein], from Aramaic plural of noun use of rabh "great."

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