variants: or balebos \ ˌbäləˈbȯs \ or baal-ha-bos \ ˌbäl(h)äˈ-​ \
plural balabatim or baal-ha-batim\ -​ˈbätə̇m , -​ˌtēm \

Definition of balabos

: a Jewish master of the house : a Jewish house owner or host

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First Known Use of balabos

circa 1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for balabos

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

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“Balabos.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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one that suddenly gains wealth or power

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