Definition of rebato in English:


Line breaks: re¦bato
Pronunciation: /rəˈbɑːtəʊ
(also rabato)

noun (plural rebatos)

  • A large, stiff collar, fashionable from the late 16th to the mid 17th centuries, typically trimmed with lace.
    More example sentences
    • Pinning the ruff to the rebato was a time-consuming business.
    • Her description of the Duchess of Milan's gown is detailed and enthusiastic; her opinions on 'rebatos' and 'tires' have the assurance of envious observation.
    • He finally cajoles her into quiet with promises of a new coach and attendants, only to have a fresh quarrel break out over an expensive rebato she has bought for herself.


late 16th century: from French rabat 'collar' + the Italian suffix -ato.

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