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See also: ܕܒܐ

Classical Syriac[edit]


From Proto-Semitic *rabb-, belonging to the root ܪ-ܒ-ܒ (r-b-b) related to greatness.


  • IPA(key): [rabbɑ(ʔ)] (singular)
  • IPA(key): [rabbe(ʔ)], [rabbɑne(ʔ)], [rawr(ə)vɑne(ʔ)] (plural)


ܪܒܐ (transliteration neededm (plural ܪܘܪܒܢܐ or ܪܒܢܐ or ܪܒܐ, singular feminine counterpart ܪܒܬܐ)

  1. leader, magnate, king, duke, prince, chief, magistrate, prefect
  2. teacher, doctor, master

Usage notes[edit]

The plural ܪܒܢܐ (rabbānēʾ) is used for the sense of “leaders” while the plural ܪܒܢܐ (rawr(ə)ḇānēʾ) is used for the sense of “teachers”. The plural ܪܒܐ (rabbēʾ) is rare for either sense.



  • rb”, in The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon Project, Cincinnati: Hebrew Union College, 1986–
  • Costaz, Louis (2002) Dictionnaire syriaque-français : Syriac–English Dictionary, 3rd edition, Beirut: Dar El-Machreq, p. 334a
  • Payne Smith, Jessie (1903) A Compendious Syriac Dictionary Founded Upon the Thesaurus Syriacus of R. Payne Smith, D.D., Oxford: Clarendon Press, p. 525a
  • Sokoloff, Michael (2009) A Syriac Lexicon: A Translation from the Latin, Correction, Expansion, and Update of C. Brockelmann's Lexicon Syriacum, Winona Lake, Indiana; Piscataway, New Jersey: Eisenbrauns; Gorgias Press, p. 1425a-b