A person who assists in the running of a synagogue or its religious services, especially the reading of the Torah.
Other Word Forms
Origin of gabbai
- Medieval Hebrew gabbay synagogue treasurer, gabbai from Mishnaic Hebrew tax collector, local official from gābā to collect from Aramaic gəbā, gəbi to collect gbℵ in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition