1. spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation
; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law
2. a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Rabbi \Rab"bi\ (r[a^]r"b[imac] or r[a^]r"b[i^]; 277), n.; pl.
Rabbis (r[a^]r"b[imac]z or r[a^]r"b[i^]z) or Rabbies.
[L., fr. Gr. "rabbi`, Heb. rab[imac] my master, from rab
master, lord, teacher, akin to Ar. rabb.]
Master; lord; teacher; -- a Jewish title of respect or honor
for a teacher or doctor of the law. "The gravest rabbies."
Be not ye called Rabbi, for one is your Master, even
Christ, and all ye are brethren. --Matt. xxiii.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to
expound and apply Jewish law
2: a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
83 Moby Thesaurus words for "rabbi":
Levite, abecedarian, authority, baal kore, boss, bwana, cantor,
certified teacher, chef, chief, chief rabbi, church dignitary,
docent, doctor, dominie, don, ecclesiarch, educationist, educator,
elder, elder statesman, employer, fellow, goodman, great soul,
guide, guru, high priest, husband, illuminate, instructor,
intellect, intellectual, kohen, liege, liege lord, lord,
lord paramount, lover of wisdom, maestro, mahatma,
man of intellect, man of wisdom, mandarin, master, mastermind,
melamed, mentor, mullah, oracle, overlord, padrone, pandit,
paramount, paterfamilias, patriarch, patron, pedagogist, pedagogue,
philosopher, preceptor, priest, professor, pundit, rabbin, rishi,
sage, sahib, sapient, savant, scholar, schoolkeeper, schoolmaster,
schoolteacher, scribe, seer, seigneur, seignior, starets, teacher,
thinker, wise man, wise old man
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
my master, a title of dignity given by the Jews to their doctors
of the law and their distinguished teachers. It is sometimes
applied to Christ (Matt. 23:7, 8; Mark 9:5 (R.V.); John 1:38,
49; 3:2; 6:25, etc.); also to John (3:26).
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary (late 1800's):
Rabbi, Rabboni, my master