Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words

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Alternate forms of Rebus

Hypernyms: problem

Origin of the word Rebus

  1. 1605, from L. rebus "by means of objects," ablative plural of res "thing, object," perhaps principally from the phrase de rebus qu? 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 r… more

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