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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
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  • 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
  • “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
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
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