the Hebrew language as used by rabbis in post-Biblical times.

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]


of or relating to rabbis or their learning, writings, etc.
for the rabbinate: a rabbinical school.

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)


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


Rabbinical Hebrew


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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