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Dictionary Definition

rebus n : a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words

User Contributed Dictionary



From French rébus, from Latin rebus (ablative plural of res ‘thing’), as taken from the phrase de rebus quae geruntur ‘concerning the things that are taking place’, used in sixteenth-century Picardie as the name for satirical pieces containing picture-riddles.
From the form of res "thing" (=rebus "of or by things"), taken from the phrase "nōn verbīs sed rébus" meaning "not by words but by things".



  1. a kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words.

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rébus < rebus.





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Extensive Definition

A rebus (Latin: "by things") is a kind of word puzzle which uses pictures to represent words or parts of words; for example:
H +
Example of Rebus Principle

External links

rebus in Danish: Rebus
rebus in German: Bilderrätsel
rebus in Spanish: Jeroglífico (ocio)
rebus in French: Rébus
rebus in Western Frisian: Rebus
rebus in Hebrew: רבוס
rebus in Italian: Rebus (enigmistica)
rebus in Dutch: Rebus
rebus in Norwegian: Rebus
rebus in Polish: Rebus
rebus in Swedish: Rebus
rebus in Turkish: Rebus
rebus in Ukrainian: Ребус
rebus in Chinese: 畫謎
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