re·​bec ˈrē-ˌbek How to pronounce rebec (audio)
variants or rebeck
: an ancient bowed usually 3-stringed musical instrument with a pear-shaped body and slender neck

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tyler researched instruments that immigrants brought from all over the world, using the rebec, hurdy-gurdy, chitarrone, accordion and fiddle, as well as Native American flutes and drums, to evoke a sense of history. Shannon L. Bowen, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 June 2019

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Word History


Middle English rebecke, from Middle French rebec, alteration of Old French rebebe, from Old Occitan rebeb, from Arabic rabāb

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rebec was in the 15th century

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“Rebec.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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