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housemother

[ hous-muhth-er ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌmʌð ər /
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noun

a woman in charge of a residence, especially for children, students, or young women, who acts as hostess, chaperon, and occasionally as housekeeper.

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Origin of housemother

First recorded in 1830–40; house + mother1
house·moth·er·ly, adjective
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