Rebs

reb

[reb]
noun Informal.
a Confederate soldier.

Origin:
shortened form of rebel

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Reb

[reb]
noun Yiddish.
Mister (used as a title of respect).

Origin:
literally, rabbi

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reb (rɛb)
 
n
informal (US) (sometimes capital) Also called: Johnny Reb a Confederate soldier in the American Civil War (1861--65)
 
[short for rebel]

Reb (rɛb)
 
n
Judaism an honorific title, corresponding to Mr, for those who do not have rabbinic qualifications: usually followed by the person's forename: Reb Dovid
 
[Yiddish, from Hebrew rabbī rabbi, master]

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reb
abbreviation of rebel (n.), 1862, in Amer. Civil War context.
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reb
rebel
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