rabbi

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noun rab·bi \ˈra-ˌbī\

Definition of rabbi

  1. 1 :  master, teacher —used by Jews as a term of address

  2. 2 :  a Jew qualified to expound and apply the halacha and other Jewish law

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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RABBI Defined for English Language Learners

rabbi

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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

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noun rab·bi \ˈra-ˌbī\

Definition of rabbi for Students

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rabbis

  1. :  a person educated in Jewish law and able to lead a Jewish congregation



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