Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
  2. (noun, person) spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law

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Alternate forms of Rabbi

Derivations: rabbinic, rabbinical

Hyponyms: amora

Hypernyms: form of address, spiritual leader, title, title of respect

Origin of the word Rabbi

  1. "Jewish doctor of religious law," 1484, (in O.E. in biblical context only; in M.E. also as a title prefixed to personal names), from L.L. rabbi, from Gk. rhabbi, from Mishnaic Heb. rabbi "my master," from rabh "master, great one," title of respect for Jewish doctors of law + -i, first person sing. pronominal suffix. From Sem. root r-b-bmore

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Words that sound like Rabbi

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