Main definitions of Reb in English

: Reb1Reb2

Reb1

noun

  • A traditional Jewish title or form of address, corresponding to Sir, for a man who is not a rabbi (used preceding the forename or surname).

    • ‘CURT LEVIANT'S novel about Reb Nachman of Bratslav, The Man Who Thought He Was Messiah, was a Nominee for the National Jewish Book Award.’
    • ‘Throughout his long career, Reb Zalman has been an unending resource for the world religious community.’
    • ‘The rabbi called him suddenly, "Reb Jew, come here."’

Origin

Yiddish.

Pronunciation

Reb

/reb//rɛb/

Main definitions of Reb in English

: Reb1Reb2

Reb2

(also Johnny Reb)

noun

US
informal
  • A Confederate soldier in the American Civil War.

    • ‘Rebels were looking for shoes and other supplies; Yanks were looking for Rebs.’
    • ‘At that moment, a scout named Stephen Warren Morehouse rushed to Major George Pope telling him ‘there's a lot of Rebs through there in a barn.’’
    • ‘The end of the Rebs and their damned confederacy is forming right here,’ the corporal said, though the earlier jauntiness was absent from his voice.’
    • ‘One man heard his officers vow never to take another prisoner. Upon hearing the rumor, one veteran simply noted that ‘we ought to kill every Reb in our hands.’’
    • ‘I know, but I'm using that example to wonder if we did the same type of question thing for the Civil War, would we maybe end up being Rebs?’
    • ‘Energy and concentration, however, had gurgled down into my shoes, leaving me about as spirited as a Johnny Reb after Pickett's charge.’

Origin

Abbreviation of rebel.

Pronunciation

Reb

/reb//rɛb/