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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