What does REBUS mean?

Definitions for REBUSˈri bəs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rebus(noun)

    a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words


  1. rebus(Noun)

    A kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.

  2. Origin: From French rébus, from Latin rebus (ablative plural of res ‘thing’), as taken from the phrase de rebus quae geruntur ‘concerning the things that are taking place’, used in sixteenth-century Picardie as the name for satirical pieces containing picture-riddles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rebus(noun)

    a mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations

  2. Rebus(noun)

    a pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the name of the person to whom it belongs. See Canting arms, under Canting

  3. Rebus(verb)

    to mark or indicate by a rebus

  4. Origin: [L. rebus by things, abl. pl. of res a thing: cf. F. rbus. Cf. 3d Real.]


  1. Rebus

    A rebus is an allusional device that uses pictures to represent words or parts of words. It was a favourite form of heraldic expression used in the Middle Ages to denote surnames, for example in its basic form three salmon fish to denote the name "Salmon". A more sophisticated example was the rebus of Bishop Walter Lyhart of Norwich, consisting of a stag lying down in a conventional representation of water. The composition alludes to the name, profession or personal characteristics of the bearer, and speaks to the beholder Non verbis, sed rebus, which Latin expression signifies "not by words but by things".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rebus

    rē′bus, n. an enigmatical representation of a name or thing by using pictorial devices for letters, syllables, or parts of words: a riddle: (her.) a coat of arms bearing an allusion to the name of the bearer:—pl. Rē′buses. [L., res, a thing—prob. from the device speaking to the beholder non verbis sed rebus.]

Anagrams for REBUS »

  1. burse, rubes, suber


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of REBUS in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of REBUS in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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