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 (răb′ə-nāt′, -nĭt)
1. The office or function of a rabbi.
2. Rabbis considered as a group.

[From obsolete rabbin, rabbi; see rabbinical.]


1. (Judaism) the position, function, or tenure of office of a rabbi
2. (Judaism) rabbis collectively


(ˈræb ə nɪt, -ˌneɪt)

1. the office or term of office of a rabbi.
2. a group of rabbis: the Orthodox rabbinate.


 rabbis as a body, collectively, 1702.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rabbinate - rabbis collectively
priesthood - the body of ordained religious practitioners
rabbi - spiritual leader of a Jewish congregation; qualified to expound and apply Jewish law
2.rabbinate - the office or function of a rabbi
berth, billet, post, situation, position, office, place, spot - a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
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