[ 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.


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Origin of housemaster

First recorded in 1875–80; house + master

OTHER WORDS FROM housemaster

house·mas·ter·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for housemaster

/ (ˈhaʊsˌmɑːstə) /


a teacher, esp in a boarding school, responsible for the pupils in his house

Derived forms of housemaster

housemistress (ˈhaʊsˌmɪstrɪs), fem n
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