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[hous-fah-th er] /ˈhaʊsˌfɑ ðər/
a man responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc.
Origin of housefather
1545-55; house + father; compare Latin paterfamilias Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • “Nothing warm in the house,” said the housefather, a carpenter himself.

    A Tramp's Wallet William Duthie
  • Go only to Father Balthazar, housefather, and see if he doth not call it a sending of a lamb among wolves.

    The Dove in the Eagle's Nest Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Blood relationship, family, and the rulership of the housefather are in this early period the base and centre of social order.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
British Dictionary definitions for housefather


a man in charge of the welfare of a particular group of children in an institution such as a children's home or approved school
Derived Forms
housemother, noun:feminine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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