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  • From Hebrew רְאוּבֵן(r'uvén), from רְאוּ(r'ú, see [masculine plural imperative]) + בֵּן(ben, son); its literal meaning is therefore roughly, "See, all: a son!"
  • There are several unconfirmed etymologies for the name of the sandwich.



Reuben (plural Reubens)

  1. A grilled or toasted sandwich made with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and either Russian dressing or Thousand Island dressing.


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  1. (biblical) First son of Jacob, by his wife Leah.
  2. (biblical) One of the Israelite tribes, descended from Reuben.
  3. A male given name.


  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Genesis 35:22b-26
    Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: 23 The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun: 24 The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin: 25 And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali: 26 And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these are the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padan-aram.
  • 1611King James Version of the Bible, Joshua 13:15
    And Moses gave unto the tribe of the children of Reuben inheritance according to their families.

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