or re·beck

[ ree-bek ]
/ ˈri bɛk /


a Renaissance fiddle with a pear-shaped body tapering into a neck that ends in a sickle-shaped or scroll-shaped pegbox.

Origin of rebec

1745–55; < Middle French; replacing Middle English ribibe < Old French rebebeArabic rabāb rebab Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rebec



/ (ˈriːbɛk) /


a medieval stringed instrument resembling the violin but having a lute-shaped body

Word Origin for rebec

C16: from Old French rebebe, from Arabic rebāb; perhaps also influenced by Old French bec beak
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