: a representation of syllables or words by means of pictures or symbols; also : a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols
The answer to yesterday's rebus, which showed a man on an ark, a spider web, and a spoon stirring coffee, was "Noah Webster."
"The books are rebuses: They combine normally written words with emojis that substitute for words or parts of words." — Jessica Roy, The Los Angeles Times, 14 Dec. 2016
Did You Know?
A rebus communicates its message by means of pictures or symbols whose names sound like various parts of a word, phrase, or sentence. For example, a picture of a can of tomatoes followed by the letters UC and a picture of a well means "Can you see well?" In Latin, the word rebus means "by things"; rebus is a form of the Latin word res, which means "thing." English speakers started using the word rebus for picture writing in the early 1600s.
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Fill in the blanks to complete a word for a letter, symbol, or sign used to represent an entire word, such as $ for dollar: lo _ _ g _ a _.VIEW THE ANSWER