- a condemned criminal pardoned by Pilate in order to appease the mob, which demanded that he be freed instead of Jesus. Mark 15:6–11; John 18:40.
- New Testament a condemned robber who was released at the Passover instead of Jesus (Matthew 27:16)
biblical masc. proper name, Greek Barabbas, from Aramaic barabba, “son of the father,” or “son of the master.” In Hebrew, it would be ben abh.