noun, plural re·bus·es.
Origin of rebus
Definition for rebus (2 of 2)
rebus sic stantibus
adverb International Law.
Origin of rebus sic stantibus
Examples from the Web for rebus
It is all very well to love the woman who reared us, but est medius in rebus.The Bashful Lover (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XIX)|Charles Paul de Kock
Together with verbal humour and many absurd devices connected with it, he especially repudiates the rebus.History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
A rebus was invariably a badge or device forming a pun upon a man's surname.A Short Account of King's College Chapel|Walter Poole Littlechild
The mode in which this is done corresponds precisely to that of the rebus.The Myths of the New World|Daniel G. Brinton
If it be composed of the first three, then the nomen corresponds to what in heraldry is called a rebus.Cleopatra's Needle|James King
British Dictionary definitions for rebus
noun plural -buses
Word Origin for rebus
Word Origin and History for rebus
c.1600, from Latin rebus "by means of objects," ablative plural of res "thing, object." According to French sources, principally from the phrase de rebus quæ geruntur "of things which are going on," in reference to the satirical pieces composed by Picardy clerks at carnivals, subtle satires of current events using pictures to suggest words, phrases or things. Or it may be from the representations being non verbis sed rebus "not by words, but by things." In either case from Latin res "thing."