Definition of rebetis in English:

rebetis

(also rembetis, rebete)

noun

  • 1In Greece: a member of a subculture comprising the lowest socio-economic class; specifically a member of the underworld. Also in extended use: a bohemian or dropout.

  • 2A singer of rebetika.

Origin

1960s. From modern Greek ρεμπέτης, lit. ‘vagabond’; further etymology uncertain.

Pronunciation

rebetis

/rɪˈbɛtɪs//rɛˈbɛtɪs/