(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.
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.