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]
EtymologyShortened form of rebel.
- Rhymes: -ɛb
- A Confederate soldier.
- Shortened form of Rebecca.
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.