Variant of rabbi
noun pl. rabbis
- 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: Middle 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 plush -i, my