noun Yiddish.

a teacher in a Jewish school.
(often initial capital letter) a title of respect for the leader of a Hasidic group. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of rebbe

Historical Examples of rebbe

  • The rebbe exchanges his skull-cap for his street cap, is about to go.

  • The fingers of the rebbe were long, and the nails, I am afraid, were not very clean.

  • The rebbe regards the pupil in amazement mixed with anxiety.

  • Tall and lean was the rebbe, with a lean, pointed face and a thin, pointed beard.

  • Rebbe, translating: "In the beginning God created the earth."

British Dictionary definitions for rebbe


noun Judaism

the usually dynastic leader of a Chassidic sect
an individual's chosen spiritual mentor

Word Origin for Rebbe

Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi
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Word Origin and History for rebbe

1881, from Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbi (see rabbi).

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