[hous-mas-ter, -mah-ster]


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 formshouse·mas·ter·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for housemaster

Historical Examples of housemaster

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for housemaster



a teacher, esp in a boarding school, responsible for the pupils in his house
Derived Formshousemistress (ˈhaʊsˌmɪstrɪs), fem n
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