Ribibe
Ribibe Rib"ibe, n. [See {Rebec}.] 1. A sort of stringed instrument; a rebec. [Obs.] --Nares. [1913 Webster]

2. An old woman; -- in contempt. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. A bawd; a prostitute. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]


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  • ribibe — /ribˈib or ri bībˈ/ (obsolete) noun 1. A rebeck 2. An old crone ORIGIN: See ↑rebeck • • • ribible /ri bibˈl or ri bīˈbl/ noun A rebeck …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ribible — Rib i*ble, n. [See {Ribibe}.] A small threestringed viol; a rebec. Moore (Encyc. of Music). [1913 Webster] All can be play on gittern or ribible. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rebec — /ree bek/, n. a Renaissance fiddle with a pear shaped body tapering into a neck that ends in a sickle shaped or scroll shaped pegbox. Also, rebeck. [1745 55; < MF; r. ME ribibe < OF rebebe Ar rabab REBAB] * * * ▪ musical instrument  bowed,… …   Universalium

  • rebec — re•bec or re•beck [[t]ˈri bɛk[/t]] n. mad a Renaissance fiddle with a pear shaped body tapering into a neck with a sickle shaped or scroll shaped end • Etymology: 1500–10; < MF; r. ME ribibe < OF rebebe « Ar rabāb a Near Eastern fiddle with …   From formal English to slang

  • rebec — /ˈribɛk/ (say reebek) noun a small medieval fiddle having commonly a pear shaped body and three strings, and played with a bow. Also, rebeck. {French; replacing Middle English ribibe, from Arabic rabāb rebab} …   Australian English dictionary

  • ribible — /ri bibˈl or ri bīˈbl/ noun A rebeck • • • Main Entry: ↑ribibe …   Useful english dictionary

  • ribup — ribup(e variants of ribibe n. Obs …   Useful english dictionary

  • ribupe — ribup(e variants of ribibe n. Obs …   Useful english dictionary

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