reb·​be ˈre-bə How to pronounce rebbe (audio)
: a Jewish spiritual leader or teacher : rabbi

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Not long after my Senate confirmation, a number of passengers who had travelled from J.F.K. to Frankfurt on Lufthansa were not allowed to board their connecting flight to Budapest for the yahrzeit of an important rebbe. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 16 Sep. 2022 The oral transmission made the rebbe, a living person who could teach the law, necessary. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 While the role of the Chassidic rebbe in many Chassidic sects is outsized, Sefat Emet, who was the third Gerer Rebbe, downplayed his own spiritual powers. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Sun Sentinel, 9 May 2022 During the Holocaust, however, the rebbe was unable to protect the Jews of Satu Mare, almost all of whom were deported, in the span of twelve days in May, 1944, to Auschwitz. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 Thus, my rebbe in Chumash, Nechama Leibowitz divides the section prior to the flood into six paragraphs. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 19 Oct. 2020 As the Hasidic rebbe said, a little bit of light has the power to drive away all the darkness. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, 21 Oct. 2019 His youngest child, Shalom, 13, read from the Torah in the Brooklyn study of the late Lubavitcher rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Marcy Oster,, 10 Sep. 2019 The family visited the rebbe’s grave, the New York Post reported. Marcy Oster,, 10 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History


Yiddish rebe, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rebbe was in 1881

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“Rebbe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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