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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Word Origin and History for rabbinical

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper