MEANING: noun: A representation of a word or phrase using pictures, symbols, letters, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin rebus (by things), from res (thing). Earliest documented use: 1605.

H.R.E.BUS - public transportation in the days of Charlemagne

RE-BAUS - to look up again in the authoritative Crossword Puzzle Dictionary

REB-OUS - characterized by old Southern chivalry