rabbi

noun rab·bi \ ˈra-ˌbī \

Definition of rabbi

1 :master, teacher used by Jews as a term of address
2 :a Jew qualified to expound and apply the halacha and other Jewish law
3 :a Jew trained and ordained for professional religious leadership; specifically :the official leader of a Jewish congregation

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Origin and Etymology of rabbi

Middle English, from Old English, from Late Latin, from Greek rhabbi, from Hebrew rabbī my master, from rabh master + my

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RABBI Defined for English Language Learners

rabbi

noun

Definition of rabbi for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is trained to make decisions about what is lawful in Judaism, to perform Jewish ceremonies, or to lead a Jewish congregation


RABBI Defined for Kids

rabbi

noun rab·bi \ ˈra-ˌbī \

Definition of rabbi for Students

plural rabbis
:a person educated in Jewish law and able to lead a Jewish congregation


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