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ˈræb aɪrab·bi

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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


  1. rabbi(Noun)

    A Jewish spiritual teacher.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. "rabbi`, Heb. rab my master, from rab master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rabbi

    rab′i, or rab′ī, Rabbin, rab′in, n. Jewish title of a doctor or expounder of the law:—pl. Rabbis (rab′īz), Rabb′ins.—ns. Rabb′an ('our master'), a title of greater honour than rabbi; Rabb′inate, the dignity of a rabbi.—adjs. Rabbin′ic, -al, pertaining to the rabbis or to their opinions, learning, and language.—n. Rabbin′ic, the later Hebrew.—adv. Rabbin′ically.—ns. Rabb′inism, the doctrine or teaching of the rabbis: a rabbinical peculiarity of expression: the late Jewish belief which esteemed the oral law equally with the written law of God; Rabb′inist, Rabb′inite, one who adheres to the Talmud and traditions of the rabbis; Rabbō′ni, my great master. [Gr.,—Heb. rabbírab, great, master—rābab, to be great. Cf. Ar. rabb, master, the Lord.]

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.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Rabbi

    The title of a Jewish expounder of the Law. The word is Greek for “My Master,” through the Hebrew rabi, from the root rab, lord, chief.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabbi in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rabbi in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of rabbi in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Myers:

    We are Tree of Life and, as I said before to many, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers can cut off some of the branches from our tree, but Tree of Life has been in Pittsburgh for 154 years. We're not going anywhere.

  2. Robert Stahl:

    Rabbi Epstein still firmly believes that he was protecting women's rights and was protecting the agunahs and the families.

  3. Mike Pence:

    I'm privileged to be joined today by a leader in the Jewish Community here in Michigan who's kind enough to join us today. I thought it might be appropriate if Rabbi Loren Jacobs would come out from Shema Yisrael Synagogue and offer a word of prayer for the fallen, for their families, and for our nation.

  4. The Rabbi:

    The Rabbi i ’m 75 years old, blind in one eye and have a cataract in the other. I don’t think I ’d hire me as a killer.

  5. Robert Schapiro:

    But at the same time, if I’m president of the United States, no church, synagogue or mosque is going to lose its tax-exempt status because the tenets of their faith do not allow them to perform a same-sex marriage. there is nothing under our law that compels a rabbi, minister or pastor of any kind to perform a marriage that that person doesn’t want to perform.

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