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housefather

[ hous-fah-ther ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌfɑ ðər /
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noun
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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How to use housefather in a sentence

  • The law does not clearly mark off the right of the injured housefather from the right of the offended magistrate.

    Domesday Book and Beyond|Frederic William Maitland
  • 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
  • “Nothing warm in the house,” said the housefather, a carpenter himself.

    A Tramp's Wallet|William Duthie
  • 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

housefather
/ (ˈhaʊsˌfɑːðə) /

noun
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 of housefather

housemother, fem n
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