Definition of rabbi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrabʌɪ/

noun (plural rabbis)

1A Jewish scholar or teacher, especially one who studies or teaches Jewish law.
Example sentences
  • With my rabbi teaching me Torah and how to ask the big questions, it became harder and harder to travel and feel good about it.
  • The ideal rabbi is a Torah scholar who guides the members of the Jewish community he serves.
  • The interviewee began to study with a rabbi and to consider conversion to Judaism.
1.1A person appointed as a Jewish religious leader.
Example sentences
  • When a community accepts a rabbi as their religious leader, his decisions are binding in all cases.
  • Every now and then the loudspeakers burst into life and one of the rabbis or the religious leaders inside relays a message to those outside to tell them to keep up the fight, to keep being strong.
  • Those rabbis, priests, imams, gurus and other religious leaders have had it good too long.



Pronunciation: /ˈrabɪnət/
Example sentences
  • This party promoted Jewish religious education, established religious schools and strongly promoted the authority of the chief rabbinate over all Jewish matters such as marriage and divorce.
  • Until the late nineteenth century, with few rabbis to offer spiritual leadership, the rabbinate in England resolved questions of Jewish law.
  • After 1878 a chief rabbinate was created, headed by a chief rabbi.


Late Old English, via ecclesiastical Latin and Greek from Hebrew rabbī 'my master', from raḇ 'master'.

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