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noun (1)

Reu·​ben ˈrü-bən How to pronounce Reuben (audio)
: a son of Jacob and the traditional eponymous ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel


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plural Reubens
: a grilled sandwich of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut usually on rye bread compare rachel entry 2


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

Examples of Reuben in a Sentence

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Meanwhile, fellow photographer Reuben Wu used the phone for his series, The Inner Landscape. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 20 Sep. 2023 Boys soccer Poly 4, Dunbar 0: Christian Raysor led the Engineers with three goals while Reuben Schreler contributed one goal in the home victory. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 13 Sep. 2023 After a 34-24 loss to Texas at Bryant-Denny Stadium, a group of alumni, including George Teague, Bo Scarbrough, Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster have posted on social media criticizing the current Crimson Tide. Matt Stahl |, al, 13 Sep. 2023 Though Pee-wee was largely ostensibly as children’s entertainment, the character’s appeal was vast, and Reuben’s work was deeply influential to a generation of comedians and performers. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2023 Guy Fieri became a fellow fan of the sandwich shop after sampling a pork-centric spin on a Reuben, as well as a between-the-bread creation stuffed with salt cod. Kturnqui, oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2023 The Real, Conway the Machine, Reuben Vincent, Vince Staples, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Rob49, Lil Baby, Sina Wynne — basically anything that Wayne616 produces, ‘cause all his beats are crazy, and Neisha Neshae. Spin Staff, Spin, 31 Aug. 2023 Dallas police Assistant Chief Reuben Ramirez, who helped implement the department’s wellness unit, previously said day-to-day trauma and the stressors of the job take a toll on officers. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 The film marks the feature debut of Sophie Compton and Reuben Hamlyn, who also produced alongside Elizabeth Woodward at U.S.-based banner Willa. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 18 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun (1)

Hebrew Rĕ'ūbhēn

Noun (2)

probably from Reuben Kulakofsky †1960 American grocer

Noun (3)

Reuben L. Goldberg †1970 American cartoonist

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of Reuben was in the 14th century

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“Reuben.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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