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Reb n : `johnny' was applied as a nickname for Confederate soldiers by the Federal soldiers in the American Civil War; `grayback' derived from their gray Confederate uniforms [syn: Rebel, Johnny Reb, Johnny, grayback]

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Etymology

Shortened form of rebel.

Pronunciation

Noun

reb
  1. A Confederate soldier.

Related terms

Noun

Reb
  1. Shortened form of Rebbe.
  2. An honorific used by traditional Jews.

Proper noun

Reb
  1. Shortened form of Rebecca.

Extensive Definition

Reb () is a title of respect often used in Orthodox Judaism, especially by Hasidic and Litvish Jews. It does not necessarily refer to a rabbi.
Quite often when referring to an anonymous male Jew or to a Jewish stranger, the expression Reb Yid is used.
In the musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye appends 'Reb' to his own name when he dreams of becoming rich and respected.

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