Meaning of gabbai in English:

gabbai

(also gabay, gabai, gabbay)

Pronunciation /ˈɡabʌɪ/

noun

Judaism
  • Originally: the treasurer of a synagogue. In later use usually: a person who assists with the running of a synagogue or its services; especially one who organizes and supervises the reading of the Torah during a service.

Origin

Mid 18th century. From post-biblical Hebrew gabbay, gabbāy, (Sephardic) gabāy synagogue treasurer (post-Talmudic), specific semantic development of gabbay, gabbāy tax collector (Mishna) from gabā to collect (taxes, especially money).