[ bah-luh-buhs-tuh, -baws- ]
/ ˌbɑ ləˈbʌs tə, -ˈbɔs- /
a capable, efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home.
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Words nearby baleboste
Also ba·le·bus·te [bah-luh-buhs-tuh, -boo s-] /ˌbɑ ləˈbʌs tə, -ˈbʊs-/.
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)
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