[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for housefather

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

  • “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

/ (ˈhaʊsˌfɑːðə) /


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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