Pronunciation: ( Seph.gä-bī'; Ashk. gä'bī; Eng. gu-bī'), [key]
—pl. Gab•ba•imPronunciation: ( Seph.gä-bä-ēm'; Ashk. gä-bī'im), [key] Eng. Gab•bais. (sometimes l.c.) Hebrew.
1. a minor official of a synagogue, having limited ceremonial or administrative functions.
2. (in the early Middle Ages) a government official charged with collecting taxes.
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