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n. Male head of a household.
n. Proprietor, boss.
"We should let the balabos decide what song to sing."
"A lot of balebatim in this neighborhood are against the new mall." (Glinert)
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TH בעל-הבית ba'al habayit > Yid בעל-הבית balebos (pl. baletosim/balebatim)
baleboss, balaboss, baalaboss, balebos, ba'al ha-bayit
Used in the plural ("balabatim" or "balabosim") to refer to the regular folk of the community, or sometimes to congregants/non-clergy, sometimes derogatorily. Example: "The balabatim don't want a long analysis of the sugya; they want a nice, inspiring dvar Torah."
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