housemother

[ hous-muhth-er ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌmʌð ər /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. housemaid,
  2. housemaid's knee,
  3. houseman,
  4. housemaster,
  5. housemate,
  6. houseparent,
  7. houseperson,
  8. housephone,
  9. houseplant,
  10. houseroom

Origin of housemother

First recorded in 1830–40; house + mother1

Related formshouse·moth·er·ly, adjective

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