- a Near Eastern fiddle having one to three strings and played with a bow.
Origin of rebab
1730–40; < Arabic rabāb; see rebec
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Examples from the Web for rebab
We have had some singing to-night, and playing of the rebab.
This rebab is an exact counterpart of the rebec formerly popular in Western Europe.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
Orpheus is holding an instrument, which appears to be a rebab, against his chin, in the act of bowing and stopping the strings.
The bow developed very slowly in Europe and remained a crude instrument as long as it was applied to the rebab and its hybrids.
He was very angry when told to go, and broke a rebab we had given him to play on, for he could both play and sing well.