rebus

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See also: Rebus, rébus, and rebus'

English[edit]

A rebus (sense 1) for the phrase “I understand”, represented by a picture of an eye under the word stand.
The coat of arms of Princess Beatrice, the daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and Sarah, Duchess of York. It bears a label with three bees, that is, “bees thrice”, a rebus (sense 2) alluding to her name.

Etymology[edit]

From French rébus (rebus (puzzle); ambiguity; word used in an oblique sense; unintelligible remark), or directly from its probable etymon Latin rēbus, the ablative plural of rēs (object, stuff, thing; issue, matter, subject, topic), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *reh₁ís (goods; wealth). The connection between the English word and its Latin etymon is unclear.

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rebus (plural rebuses or (rare) rebusses or (hypercorrect, rare) rebi)

  1. An arrangement of pictures, symbols, and/or words representing phrases or words, especially as a word puzzle.
    Synonyms: rebus puzzle, dingbat
    • 1777, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, The School for Scandal, I.i:
      I back him at a Rebus or a Charade against the best Rhymer in the Kingdom—has your Ladyship heard the Epigram he wrote last week on Lady Frizzle's Feather catching Fire—
  2. (specifically, heraldry) An arrangement of pictures on a coat of arms which suggests the name of the person to whom it belongs.
    • 2020 March 5, Hilary Mantel, “Salvage: London, Summer 1536”, in The Mirror & the Light, London: 4th Estate, →ISBN, page 122:
      The prior [Will Bolton] used to come out here to hunt in summer and recreate himself, and his rebus—a barrel or tun shot through with a crossbow bolt—is set into the garden walls.

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Verb[edit]

rebus (third-person singular simple present rebuses or rebusses, present participle rebusing or rebussing, simple past and past participle rebused or rebussed) (transitive, obsolete, rare)

  1. To represent (a phrase or word) as a rebus.
  2. To apply a rebus to (something).
    • 1655, Thomas Fuller, “Section IV. To John Ferrars, of Tamworth Castle, Esquire.”, in James Nichols, editor, The Church History of Britain, [], volume I, new edition, London: [] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, [], published 1837, OCLC 913056315, book IV, subsection 34 (The Death of Archbishop Morton. A.D. 1500.), page 539:
      He [John Morton] was a learned man, and had a fair library, (rebussed with more in text and tun under it,) partly remaining in the possession of the late earl of Arundel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ rebus, n.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, July 2020; “rebus, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  2. ^ Gilles Ménage (1650) Les origines de la langue françoise [The Origins of the French Language], Paris: Chez Augustin Courbé, OCLC 723687311.

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Crimean Tatar[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French rébus, from Latin rebus.

Noun[edit]

rebus

  1. rebus.

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References[edit]

  • Mirjejev, V. A.; Usejinov, S. M. (2002) Ukrajinsʹko-krymsʹkotatarsʹkyj slovnyk [Ukrainian – Crimean Tatar Dictionary]‎[1], Simferopol: Dolya, →ISBN

Danish[edit]

Noun[edit]

rebus c (singular definite rebussen, plural indefinite rebusser)

  1. rebus (puzzle)

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Estonian[edit]

Noun[edit]

rebus

  1. inessive singular of rebu

French[edit]

Verb[edit]

rebus

  1. first/second-person singular past historic of reboire

Participle[edit]

rebus m pl

  1. masculine plural of the past participle of reboire

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Adjective[edit]

rebus

  1. boiled

Italian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

rebus m (invariable)

  1. rebus
  2. enigma
  3. puzzle
  4. conundrum

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Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

rēbus

  1. dative/ablative plural of rēs

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Malay[edit]

Adjective[edit]

rebus (Jawi spelling ربوس‎)

  1. boiled (food)

Verb[edit]

rebus

  1. to boil (food)

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Polish[edit]

Polish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia pl

Etymology[edit]

From French rébus, from Latin rebus.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈrɛ.bus/
  • Rhymes: -ɛbus
  • Syllabification: re‧bus

Noun[edit]

rebus m inan

  1. rebus

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adjective

Further reading[edit]

  • rebus in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • rebus in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French rébus.

Noun[edit]

rebus n (plural rebusuri)

  1. rebus, crossword

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /rěːbus/
  • Hyphenation: re‧bus

Noun[edit]

rébus m (Cyrillic spelling ре́бус)

  1. rebus

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

rebus c

  1. a rebus; a kind of word puzzle

Declension[edit]

Declension of rebus 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative rebus rebusen rebusar rebusarna
Genitive rebus rebusens rebusars rebusarnas

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