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Rebecca

[ri-bek-uh]
noun
  1. a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “binding.”
  2. Douay Bible. Rebekah.
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Rebecca

noun
  1. Old Testament the sister of Laban, who became the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob (Genesis 24–27)Douay spelling: Rebekah
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Word Origin and History for rebecca

Rebecca

fem. proper name, biblical wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau, from Late Latin Rebecca, from Greek Rhebekka, from Hebrew Ribhqeh, literally "connection" (cf. ribhqah "team"), from Semitic base r-b-q "to tie, couple, join" (cf. Arabic rabaqa "he tied fast"). Rebekah, the form of the name in Authorized Version, was taken as the name of a society of women (founded 1851 in Indiana, U.S.) as a complement to the Odd Fellows.

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