variants or balebos
or baal-ha-bos
plural balabatim or baal-ha-batim
: a Jewish master of the house : a Jewish house owner or host

Word History


Yiddish balebos, from Hebrew baʽal habbayith, literally, lord of the house

First Known Use

circa 1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balabos was circa 1918

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“Balabos.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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