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housemother

[hous-muhth-er]
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noun
  1. 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
Related formshouse·moth·er·ly, adjective
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Examples from the Web for housemother

Historical Examples

  • For most families in average condition that person is naturally the housemother.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • She has mechanical and commercial aids as housemother such as the primitive woman never imagined.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • It is, however, true that the housemother in rural communities still feels many of the obligations of the ancient woman.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • And to-day the majority of most successful families absorb in large measure the time and strength of the housemother.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer

  • We still have talk of a wife being "supported" when, as housemother, she works harder and more hours than her husband.

    The Family and it's Members

    Anna Garlin Spencer