• n. The spiritual leader of a Hasidic sect.

Example Sentences

  • "Satmar now has two rebbes."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


  • רבי rebe

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings



  • Also refers in Yiddish to the teacher of a heder.

    When preceded by 'the', refers to the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

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