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[hous-fah-th er]
  1. a man responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc.
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Origin of housefather

1545–55; house + father; compare Latin paterfamilias
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Examples from the Web for housefather

Historical Examples of housefather

  • “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.

  • Blood relationship, family, and the rulership of the housefather are in this early period the base and centre of social order.

British Dictionary definitions for housefather


  1. 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
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Derived Formshousemother, fem n
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