noun re·bus \ˈrē-bəs\

: 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

:  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

Other Game Terms

bezique, carom, convention, crap, euchre, gambit, monte, parlay, tierce

Rhymes with REBUS

REBUS Defined for Kids


noun re·bus \ˈrē-bəs\

Definition of REBUS for Kids

:  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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