- 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 rabb&imacron;, master, from Greek rhabbi, O my master, from Hebrew and Aramaic rabbî, my master : rab, master (from rab, to become great; see rbb in Semitic roots) + -î, my; see -y in Semitic roots.