Webster 1913 Edition
rebusby things, abl. pl. of
resa thing: cf. F.
rébus. Cf. 3d
A mode of expressing words and phrases by pictures of objects whose names resemble those words, or the syllables of which they are composed; enigmatical representation of words by figures; hence, a peculiar form of riddle made up of such representations.
☞ A gallant, in love with a woman named Rose Hill, had, embroidered on his gown, a rose, a hill, an eye, a loaf, and a well, signifying, Rose Hill I love well.
A pictorial suggestion on a coat of arms of the name of the person to whom it belongs. See
Canting arms, under
To mark or indicate by a rebus.
He [John Morton] had a fair library
rebusedwith More in text and Tun under it.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.An enigmatical representation of some name, &c. by using figures or pictures instead of words. A gallant in love with a woman named Rose Hill, painted on the border of his gown, a rose, a hill, an eye, a loaf and a well, which reads, Rose Hill I love well.
2.A sort of riddle.
3.In some chimical writers, sour milk; sometimes, the ultimate matter of which all bodies are composed.
4.In heraldry, a coat of arms which bears an allusion to the name of the person; as three cups, for Butler.