Definitions for rabbiˈræb aɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rab•biˈræb aɪ(n.)(pl.)-bis.

  1. the chief religious official of a synagogue who performs ritualistic, educational, and other functions as spiritual leader of the congregation.

    Category: Judaism

  2. a title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher.

    Category: Judaism

  3. a Jewish scholar qualified to rule on questions of Jewish law.

    Category: Judaism

  4. any of the Jewish scholars of the 1st to 6th centuries a.d. who contributed to the Talmud.

    Category: Judaism

Origin of rabbi:

1250–1300; ME rabi (< OF rab(b)i) < LL rabbī < Gk rhabbí < Heb rabbī my master (rabh master + my)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. rabbi(noun)

    spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law

  2. Rabbi(noun)

    a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. rabbi(noun)ˈræb aɪ

    a Jewish religious leader

Wiktionary

  1. rabbi(Noun)

    A Jewish spiritual teacher.

  2. Origin: From rabbi, and its source ῥαββί, from (post-biblical) רבי, from rebbe "master" plus -i "my".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rabbi(noun)

    master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor for a teacher or doctor of the law

Freebase

  1. Rabbi

    In Judaism, a rabbi is a teacher of Torah. This title derives from the Hebrew word רַבִּי rabi, meaning "My Master", which is the way a student would address a master of Torah. The word "master" רב rav literally means "great one". The basic form of the rabbi developed in the Pharisaic and Talmudic era, when learned teachers assembled to codify Judaism's written and oral laws. In more recent centuries, the duties of the rabbi became increasingly influenced by the duties of the Protestant Christian minister, hence the title "pulpit rabbis", and in 19th century Germany and the United States rabbinic activities including sermons, pastoral counseling, and representing the community to the outside, all increased in importance. Within the various Jewish denominations there are different requirements for rabbinic ordination, and differences in opinion regarding who is to be recognized as a rabbi. All types of Judaism except for Orthodox Judaism and some conservative strains ordain women and openly lesbian and gay people as rabbis and cantors.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Rabbi

    an appellation of honour applied to a teacher of the Law among the Jews, in frequent use among them in the days of Christ, who was frequently saluted by this title.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

rabbi(noun)

a Jewish priest or teacher of the law.

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