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Reu·ben 1

In the Bible, a son of Jacob and Leah and the forebear of one of the tribes of Israel.

Reu·ben 2

A hot sandwich consisting of corned beef, Swiss cheese, and sauerkraut usually served on rye bread.

[From the name Reuben (probably that of its inventor (whose identity is not certain) ).]
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1. (Bible) the eldest son of Jacob and Leah: one of the 12 patriarchs of Israel (Genesis 29:30)
2. (Bible) the Israelite tribe descended from him
3. (Bible) the territory of this tribe, lying to the northeast of the Dead Sea
Douay spelling: Ruben
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(ˈru bən)

1. the eldest son of Jacob and Leah. Gen. 29, 30.
2. one of the 12 tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from him.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Reuben - (Old Testment) a son of Jacob and forefather of one of the tribes of Israel
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
2.Reuben - a hot sandwich with corned beef and Swiss cheese and sauerkraut on rye bread
sandwich - two (or more) slices of bread with a filling between them
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References in classic literature ?
"Reuben, my boy," said he, "this rock beneath which we sit will serve for an old hunter's gravestone.
"There is not two days' life in me, Reuben," said the other, calmly, "and I will no longer burden you with my useless body, when you can scarcely support your own.
Now I must say a little about Reuben Smith, who was left in charge of the stables when York went to London.
EARLY in the present century it was generally reported among the neighbors of one Reuben Limbrick that he was in a fair way to make a comfortable little fortune by dealing in Salt.
Reuben Rosenthall had made his millions on the diamond fields of South Africa, and had come home to enjoy them according to his lights; how he went to work will scarcely be forgotten by any reader of the halfpenny evening papers, which revelled in endless anecdotes of his original indigence and present prodigality, varied with interesting particulars of the extraordinary establishment which the millionaire set up in St.
They said, "Lo, here is this dreamer--let us kill him." But Reuben pleaded for his life, and they spared it.
'It was Mr Reuben Haredale, Mr Geoffrey's elder brother--'
Reuben Hayes's manner was far from gracious, but Holmes took it with admirable good-humour.
High Pardons Wood, Lower Pardons, Suttons, Dutton's Shaw, Reuben's Ghyll, Maxey's Ghyll, and both the Oak Hangers?
I am an impoverished wretch the very gaberdine I wear is borrowed from Reuben of Tadcaster.''
As one old Reuben told a professor of an agricultural experiment station: 'They ain't no sense in tryin' to teach me farmin'.
"Reuben Pitman, master, 50, single, Main Street, City.