Origin: L. Rebus by things, abl. Pl. Of res a thing: cf. F. Rebus. Cf. 3d things, abl. Pl. Of res a thing: cf. F. Rebus. Cf. 3d Real.
1. 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.