rebbetzin

Pronunciations

rebetzin (REH-bih-tzin) listen

Definitions

  • n. Wife of a rabbi.

Example Sentences

  • "Is the rebetzin making Shabbos dinner?"

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • רביצין rébetsn - Rebbe with feminizing -tsin suffix

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

      • 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

      rebbetsen, rebetsen, rebetzin, rebbitzin, rebitzin, rebitsin

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