noun (1)
Reu·​ben | \ ˈrü-bən How to pronounce Reuben (audio) \

Definition of Reuben

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel


noun (2)

Definition of Reuben (Entry 2 of 3)

: a grilled sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut usually on rye bread


noun (3)

Definition of Reuben (Entry 3 of 3)

: a statuette awarded annually by a professional organization for notable achievement in cartoon artistry

First Known Use of Reuben

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1956, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Reuben

Noun (1)

Hebrew Rĕ'ūbhēn

Noun (2)

probably from Reuben Kulakofsky †1960 American grocer

Noun (3)

Reuben L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist

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“Reuben.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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