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[bah-luh-buhs-tuh, -baws-] /ˌbɑ ləˈbʌs tə, -ˈbɔs-/
noun, Informal.
a capable, efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home.
Also, balebuste
[bah-luh-buhs-tuh, -boo s-] /ˌbɑ ləˈbʌs tə, -ˈbʊs-/ (Show IPA)
Origin of baleboste
< Yiddish bal(e)boste, bal(e)buste proprietress, housekeeper, housewife, equivalent to bal(e)bos, bal(e)bus proprietor, owner, master (compare Hebrew baʿal habayth master of the house) + -te feminine noun suffix (compare Aramaic -ta, equivalent to -t feminine suffix + -a definite article) Unabridged
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