- a Confederate soldier.
Origin of reb
shortened form of rebel
- Mister (used as a title of respect).
Origin of Reb
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Examples from the Web for reb
My late grandfather, Reb Zalman Serebryanski, would repeat the time-worn adage “a Chassid is a soldat (soldier).”What Peter Beinart Gets Wrong About Chabad
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Let us enter one of the houses, that of Reb Mordecai Winenki.
When Reb Mordecai concluded his sad narration, all about him were in tears.
The hands of Reb' Lebe were large, and his beard was not half a handful.The Promised Land
This head of his, "Reb" Yankel used to say, was stuffed with hay or feathers.
And that was how it came about that there were two parties at "Reb" Yankel's "Cheder."
- (sometimes capital) US informal a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (1861–65)Also called: Johnny Reb
short for rebel
- Judaism an honorific title, corresponding to Mr, for those who do not have rabbinic qualifications: usually followed by the person's forenameReb Dovid
Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi, master
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Word Origin and History for reb
abbreviation of rebel (n.), 1862, in U.S. Civil War context.
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