Definition of rebec in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈriːbɛk
(also rebeck)


A medieval stringed instrument played with a bow, typically having three strings.
More example sentences
  • Viols, rebecs, citterns, lutes, and wooden flutes help.
  • The moment these records first appeared, pop groups were experimenting with sackbuts, rebecs and crumhorns.
  • For example, they did not often gather together with harps and rebecks to celebrate their national glories, or to hymn their national heroes.


late Middle English: from French, based on Arabic rabāb.

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