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.

Origin of housemother

First recorded in 1830–40; house + mother1

Related forms

house·moth·er·ly, adjective
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