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[ri-bek-uh] /rɪˈbɛk ə/
a female given name: from a Hebrew word meaning “binding.”.
Douay Bible. Rebekah. Unabridged
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  • Tell me honest, now, Rebecca, did Joe Chandler ever propose to you?

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Yet Rebecca stooped from this eminence to help labouring Emmy Lou with her sums.

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  • At which Rebecca had said “that shee conceived hee could do as God.”

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  • The description of the attack as given by Rebecca to Ivanhoe.

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  • Rebecca Mary stared at him, her eyes and mouth big round O's of astonishment.

    Rebecca's Promise Frances R. Sterrett
British Dictionary definitions for Rebecca


(Old Testament) the sister of Laban, who became the wife of Isaac and the mother of Esau and Jacob (Genesis 24–27) Douay spelling Rebekah
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Word Origin and History for Rebecca

fem. proper name, biblical wife of Isaac, mother of Jacob and Esau, from Late Latin Rebecca, from Greek Rhebekka, from Hebrew Ribhqeh, literally "connection" (cf. ribhqah "team"), from Semitic base r-b-q "to tie, couple, join" (cf. Arabic rabaqa "he tied fast"). Rebekah, the form of the name in Authorized Version, was taken as the name of a society of women (founded 1851 in Indiana, U.S.) as a complement to the Odd Fellows.

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