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[ruh-bin-i-kuh l] /rəˈbɪn ɪ kəl/

of or relating to or their learning, writings, etc.
for the :
a rabbinical school.

1620s, earlier rabbinic (1610s); see Rabbi + -ical. The -n- is perhaps via rabbin “rabbi” (1520s), an alternative form, from French rabbin, from Medieval Latin rabbinus (also source of Italian rabbino, Spanish and Portuguese rabino), perhaps from a presumed Semitic plural in -n, or from Aramaic rabban “our teacher,” “distinguishing title given to patriarchs and the presidents of the Sanhedrin since the time of Gamaliel the Elder” [Klein], from Aramaic plural of noun use of rabh “great.”


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