[bah-luh-buhs-tuh, -baws-]

noun Informal.

a capable, efficient housewife, especially a traditional Jewish one, devoted to maintaining a well-run home.

Nearby words

  1. baldwin, stanley,
  2. baldy,
  3. bale,
  4. bale cubic,
  5. balearic islands,
  6. baleen,
  7. baleen whale,
  8. balefire,
  9. baleful,
  10. balefully

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019