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(Judaism) Master of the house, head of the household, host.
(Judaism) House owner, homeowner.
(Judaism, by extension) Boss, person in charge (of anything)
(Judaism) Important man, bourgeoisie.
(Judaism) Layman, congregant, non-clergy.
From Yiddish בעל־הבית (balebos), from Hebrew בַּעַל הַבַּיִת (bá'al habáyit, “master of the house”).
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