Definitions for REBELˈrɛb əl; rɪˈbɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

reb•elˈrɛb əl; rɪˈbɛl(n., adj.; v.; n.; adj.)-belled, -bel•ling.

  1. (n.)a person who refuses allegiance to, resists, or rises in arms against a government or ruler.

    Category: Government

  2. a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.

  3. (usu. cap.) a Confederate soldier: used chiefly by Northerners.

    Category: American History

  4. (adj.)rebellious; defiant.

  5. of or pertaining to rebels.

    Category: Government

  6. (v.i.)to act as a rebel.

  7. to show or feel utter repugnance.

Origin of rebel:

1250–1300; < OF rebelle < L rebellis renewing a war =re-re - +-bellis, adj. der. of bellum war

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rebel, Reb, Johnny Reb, Johnny, greyback(noun)

    `Johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `greyback' derived from their grey Confederate uniforms

  2. insurgent, insurrectionist, freedom fighter, rebel(noun)

    a person who takes part in an armed rebellion against the constituted authority (especially in the hope of improving conditions)

  3. maverick, rebel(verb)

    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action

  4. rebel, arise, rise, rise up(verb)

    take part in a rebellion; renounce a former allegiance

  5. rebel, renegade(verb)

    break with established customs

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rebel(noun)ˈrɛb əl; v. rɪˈbɛl

    sb who fights against their government

    rebels hiding in the mountains

  2. rebelˈrɛb əl; v. rɪˈbɛl

    sb who opposes authority

    As a young man, he saw himself as a rebel.

  3. rebel(verb)ˈrɛb əl; v. rɪˈbɛl

    to show your dislike of rules or authority by not obeying

    teenagers who rebel against their parents

  4. rebelˈrɛb əl; v. rɪˈbɛl

    to fight against your government

    a radical group that rebelled against the ruling party


  1. Rebel(Noun)

    a Confederate soldier

  2. Origin: From rebeller, from rebello, from re- + bello.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rebel(verb)

    pertaining to rebels or rebellion; acting in revolt; rebellious; as, rebel troops

  2. Rebel(noun)

    one who rebels

  3. Rebel(verb)

    to renounce, and resist by force, the authority of the ruler or government to which one owes obedience. See Rebellion

  4. Rebel(verb)

    to be disobedient to authority; to assume a hostile or insubordinate attitude; to revolt


  1. Rebel

    Rebel is a musical group founded by Igors Novikovs.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'REBEL' in Nouns Frequency: #1808

Translations for REBEL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who opposes or fights against people in authority, eg a government

The rebels killed many soldiers; (also adjective) rebel troops.

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