- The definition of a rebus is a puzzle where you have to guess a phrase that you derive or determine using a combination of pictures and words.
An example of a rebus is when you are given the word: "T_RN" and need to guess a phrase from this (the phrase to guess is "No U Turn.").
Origin of rebusFrench rébus ; from Classical Latin ablative plural of res, thing (see real), literally , (meaning indicated) by things
Origin of rebusFrom Latin rēbus, ablative pl. of rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present rebuses, present participle rebusing, simple past and past participle rebused)
- To mark or indicate by a rebus.
- burse, rubes, suber
From French rébus, from Latin rebus (ablative plural of res ‘thing’), as taken from the phrase de rebus quae geruntur ‘concerning the things that are taking place’, used in sixteenth-century Picardie as the name for satirical pieces containing picture-riddles.