variants or balebosta
or baal-ha-bosta
plural -s
: a Jewish mistress of the house
especially : an efficient or competent Jewish housewife or hostess

Word History


Yiddish baleboste, from balebos

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of balabosta was in 1952

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“Balabosta.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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