(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 of rabbi
Middle English rabifrom Old French from Late Latin rabbīmasterfrom Greek rhabbiO my masterfrom Hebrew Aramaic rabbîmy masterrabmaster (fromrabto become greatrbb in Semitic roots) -îmy-y in Semitic roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Late Latinrabbi, and its source Ancient Greek ῥαββί (rhabbi), from (post-biblical) Hebrewרבי (rabbi, “my master”), from רַב (ráv, “master [of]”) + ־־י (-i, “me”).
Rabbi Sentence Examples
The father of the controversy may be said to be the Jewish rabbi, Aben Ezra, who died A.D.
Each synagogue is served by a rabbi assisted by an officiating minister, and in each consistory is a grand rabbi.
In 1854 he was appointed rabbi at Cincinnati.
The place is usually the synagogue house, or that of the Rabbi, sometimes that of the widow.