rebus [ ree-buhs ]
noun, plural re·bus·es.
1. a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables: Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
2. a piece of writing containing many such representations.
WORDS RELATED TO REBUS
riddle, conundrum, subtlety, question, enigma, secrecy, problem, thriller, mystery, dilemma, puzzle, quandary, complexity, teaser, puzzlement, mystification, perplexity, stickler, cliffhanger, twister
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Origin: 1595–1605; < Latin rēbus by things (ablative plural of rēs), in phrase nōn verbīs sed rēbus not by words but by things
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR REBUS
It is all very well to love the woman who reared us, but est medius in rebus.
THE BASHFUL LOVER (NOVELS OF PAUL DE KOCK VOLUME XIX)|CHARLES PAUL DE KOCK
Together with verbal humour and many absurd devices connected with it, he especially repudiates the rebus.
HISTORY OF ENGLISH HUMOUR, VOL. 2 (OF 2)|ALFRED GUY KINGAN L'ESTRANGE
A rebus was invariably a badge or device forming a pun upon a man's surname.
A SHORT ACCOUNT OF KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL|WALTER POOLE LITTLECHILD
The mode in which this is done corresponds precisely to that of the rebus.
THE MYTHS OF THE NEW WORLD|DANIEL G. BRINTON
If it be composed of the first three, then the nomen corresponds to what in heraldry is called a rebus.
CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE|JAMES KING
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