- 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.
From French rÃ©bus, 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.