Definition of rebus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

rebus

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noun
BrE BrE//ˈriːbəs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈriːbəs//
 
 
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a combination of pictures and letters which represent a word or phrase whose meaning has to be guessed Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French rébus, from Latin rebus, ablative plural of res ‘thing’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: rebus