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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [rab-ahy]
    • /ˈræb aɪ/
    • /ˈræb.aɪ/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [rab-ahy]
    • /ˈræb aɪ/

Definitions of rabbi word

  • noun plural rabbi the chief religious official of a synagogue, trained usually in a theological seminary and duly ordained, who delivers the sermon at a religious service and performs ritualistic, pastoral, educational, and other functions in and related to his or her capacity as a spiritual leader of Judaism and the Jewish community. Compare cantor (def 2). 1
  • noun plural rabbi a title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher. 1
  • noun plural rabbi a Jewish scholar qualified to rule on questions of Jewish law. 1
  • noun plural rabbi any of the Jewish scholars of the 1st to 6th centuries a.d. who contributed to the writing, editing, or compiling of the Talmud. 1
  • noun plural rabbi Slang. a personal patron or adviser, as in business. 1
  • abbreviation RABBI rabat1 . 1

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Origin of rabbi

First appearance:

before 1250
One of the 11% oldest English words
1250-1300; Middle English rabi (< Old French rab(b)i) < Late Latin rabbī < Greek rhabbí < Hebrew rabbī my master (rabh master + -ī my)

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Parts of speech for Rabbi


rabbi popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 93% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for rabbi

noun rabbi

  • priest — a person whose office it is to perform religious rites, and especially to make sacrificial offerings.
  • scholar — a learned or erudite person, especially one who has profound knowledge of a particular subject.
  • teacher — a person who teaches or instructs, especially as a profession; instructor.
  • official — a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
  • leader — a person or thing that leads.

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