בעל־הבית

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew בַּעַל הַבַּיִת (bá'al habáyit, master of the house).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

בעל־הבית (balebosm, plural בעלי־בתּים (balebatem) or בעלי־הבתּים (balebatem), feminine בעל־הביתטע (baleboste)

  1. master of the house, head of the household, host
  2. house owner, homeowner
  3. (by extension) boss, person in charge (of anything)
  4. important man, bourgeoisie
  5. layman, congregant, non-clergy

Usage notes[edit]

This word is often spelt phonetically.

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