- Judaism a scholar and teacher of the Jewish law; now, specif., an ordained Jew, usually the spiritual head of a congregation, qualified to decide questions of law and ritual and to perform marriages, supervise religious education, etc.
- Slang a sponsor; influential friend
Origin of rabbiMiddle English from Old English from Ecclesiastical Late Latin from Ecclesiastical Greek rhabbi from Classical Hebrew (language) rabi, my master, my lord from rav, teacher, master + -i, my
- Abbr. R. A person trained in Jewish law, ritual, and tradition and ordained for leadership of a Jewish congregation, especially one serving as chief religious official of a synagogue.
- A scholar qualified to interpret Jewish law.
Origin of rabbiMiddle English rabi from Old French from Late Latin rabbī master from Greek rhabbi O my master from HebrewAramaic rabbî my master rab master ( from rab to become great rbb) -î my -y