Definition of rebec in English:


(also rebeck)

Pronunciation /ˈrebək/ /ˈrɛbək/ /ˈrēˌbek/ /ˈriˌbɛk/


  • A medieval stringed instrument played with a bow, typically having three strings.

    ‘Viols, rebecs, citterns, lutes, and wooden flutes help.’
    • ‘The moment these records first appeared, pop groups were experimenting with sackbuts, rebecs and crumhorns.’
    • ‘For example, they did not often gather together with harps and rebecks to celebrate their national glories, or to hymn their national heroes.’
    • ‘Traditional Arabic music uses string instruments, such as the rebec, lotar, ud, and kamanja.’
    • ‘The rebec was played with a bow, probably of wood and horsehair.’


Late Middle English from French, based on Arabic rabāb.