rebus

 /ˈriːbəs/


For the noun: rebus
Plural form: rebuses

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•bus /ˈribəs/USA pronunciation   n. [countable],pl. -bus•es. 

    a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables:Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
re•bus  (rēbəs), 
n., pl. -bus•es. 
  1. a representation of a word or phrase by pictures, symbols, etc., that suggest that word or phrase or its syllables:Two gates and a head is a rebus for Gateshead.
  2. a piece of writing containing many such representations.
Etymology:
  • Latin rēbus by things (ablative plural of rēs), in phrase nōn verbīs sed rēbus not by words but by things
  • 1595–1605


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rebus /ˈriːbəs/ n ( pl -buses)
  1. a puzzle consisting of pictures representing syllables and words; in such a puzzle the word hear might be represented by H followed by a picture of an ear
  2. a heraldic emblem or device that is a pictorial representation of or pun on the name of the bearer
Etymology: 17th Century: from French rébus, from the Latin rēbus by things, from res



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