[ roo-buhn ]

  1. the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. Genesis 29, 30.

  2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, the tribe traditionally descended from him.

  1. a male given name.

Origin of Reuben

From Late Latin Ruben, from Greek Rhoubḗn, from Hebrew Rĕʾūbhēn, of uncertain origin, but traditionally translated as “Behold, a son!” and associated with Rāʾāh bĕʿōnī “He (God) has looked upon my affliction” (by granting Leah a son)

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British Dictionary definitions for Reuben


/ (ˈruːbɪn) /

nounOld Testament
  1. the eldest son of Jacob and Leah: one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 29:30)

  2. the Israelite tribe descended from him

  1. the territory of this tribe, lying to the northeast of the Dead Sea

  • Douay spelling: Ruben

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