reb·​be | \ ˈre-bə How to pronounce rebbe (audio) \

Definition of rebbe

: a Jewish spiritual leader or teacher : rabbi

Examples of rebbe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the Hasidic rebbe said, a little bit of light has the power to drive away all the darkness. Rabbi Avi Weiss,, "Why start with Genesis?," 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,, "Rabbi suffering from ALS makes cross-country trip for son’s bar mitzvah," 10 Sep. 2019 The family visited the rebbe’s grave, the New York Post reported. Marcy Oster,, "Rabbi suffering from ALS makes cross-country trip for son’s bar mitzvah," 10 Sep. 2019 In response, the rebbe asked him to look out the window behind him. Rabbi Avi Weiss, Jewish Journal, "Weiss: The multiple meanings of teshuvah," 25 Sep. 2017 Kiryas Joel was founded in the 1970s by Joel Teitelbaum, the grand rebbe of the Satmar Hasidic sect. The Economist, "A Palm Tree in the woodsHasidic Jews in upstate New York," 2 Nov. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'rebbe.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of rebbe

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebbe

Yiddish rebe, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about rebbe

Time Traveler for rebbe

Time Traveler

The first known use of rebbe was in 1881

See more words from the same year

Statistics for rebbe

Cite this Entry

“Rebbe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on rebbe Encyclopedia article about rebbe

Comments on rebbe

What made you want to look up rebbe? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!