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rebus

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noun re·bus \ˈrē-bəs\

Simple Definition of rebus

  • : a riddle or puzzle made up of letters, pictures, or symbols whose names sound like the parts or syllables of a word or phrase

Full Definition of rebus

  1. :  a representation of words or syllables by pictures of objects or by symbols whose names resemble the intended words or syllables in sound; also :  a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols

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Origin of rebus

Latin, by things, abl. plural of res thing — more at real


First Known Use: 1605

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REBUS Defined for Kids

rebus

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noun re·bus \ˈrē-bəs\

Definition of rebus

  1. :  a riddle or puzzle made up of letters, pictures, and symbols whose names sound like the syllables and words of a phrase or sentence <I C U is a rebus.>




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