Rabbi meaning

răbī
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A person trained in Jewish law, ritual, and tradition and ordained for leadership of a Jewish congregation, especially one serving as chief religious official of a synagogue.
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A scholar qualified to interpret Jewish law.
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A Jewish scholar or teacher of halacha (Jewish law), capable of making halachic decisions.
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A Jew who is or is qualified to be the leader of a Jewish congregation.
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(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.
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(slang) A sponsor; influential friend.
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Origin of rabbi

  • Middle English rabi from Old French from Late Latin rabbī master from Greek rhabbi O my master from Hebrew Aramaic rabbî my master rab master (from rab to become great rbb in Semitic roots) my -y in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin rabbi, and its source Ancient Greek ῥαββί (rhabbi), from (post-biblical) Hebrew רבי (rabbi, “my master”), from רַב (ráv, “master [of]”) +‎ ־־י (-i, “me”).

    From Wiktionary