- 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.").
rebus definition by Webster's New World
Origin: French rébus ; from Classical Latin ablative plural of res, thing (see real), literally , (meaning indicated) by things
rebus definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. re·bus·es
Origin: From Latin rēbus, ablative pl. of rēs, thing; see rē- in Indo-European roots.