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[hous-mas-ter, -mah-ster] /ˈhaʊsˌmæs tər, -ˌmɑ stər/
a man who is in charge of a house or a dormitory in a private school for boys.
Origin of housemaster
First recorded in 1875-80; house + master
Related forms
housemastership, noun Unabridged
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  • "You must not be disheartened at that," Mr. Cornish, who was the "housemaster," told them.

    The Dash for Khartoum George Alfred Henty
  • And therefore the responsibility of a housemaster far exceeds that of a Head.

  • In many cases he receives no salary, as a housemaster, at all.

  • The housemaster and his wife had not been sympathetic to either of them.

    Abington Abbey

    Archibald Marshall
  • The housemaster would hear no explanation; in fact, explanations were about the last thing he wanted.

    The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson
  • All he knew was that the housemaster was in the house, and would be glad if Mike would step across.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • He was examining a portrait of Mr. Downing which hung on the wall, when the housemaster came in.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • The latter had just heard from Percy's housemaster of his disappearance, and was greatly relieved to have news of his whereabouts.

  • He tugged away furiously, with an eye on the now rapidly advancing and loudly shouting figure of the housemaster.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
  • He received the housemaster frostily, but thawed as the latter related the events which had led up to the ringing of the bell.

    Mike P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for housemaster


a teacher, esp in a boarding school, responsible for the pupils in his house
Derived Forms
housemistress (ˈhaʊsˌmɪstrɪs) noun:feminine
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