Definition of rav in English:


Syllabification: rav
Pronunciation: /räv


  • 1A rabbi, especially one who holds a position of authority or who acts as a personal mentor.
    [partly via Yiddish]
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    • ‘Mikneh Rav,’ he says, means that they had acquired a Rav with whom they were extremely attached.
    • Everyone should know that each individual situation must be considered carefully and a Rav must make the decision - not a Doctor.
  • 1.1 (Rav) (In orthodox Judaism) a title of respect and form of address preceding a personal name.
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    • Rav Schacter has apologized for his off the cuff statements that certainly do not represent his views.


from Hebrew and Aramaic raḇ 'master'.

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