[ hous-pair-uh nt, -par- ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌpɛər ənt, -ˌpær- /


one of a married couple responsible for a group of young people, as students, living in a dormitory, hostel, etc., sometimes acting solely as an advisor, but often serving as host or hostess, chaperon, housekeeper, etc.
a housemother or housefather.

Nearby words

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

Origin of houseparent

First recorded in 1950–55; house + parent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019