[hous-pair-uh nt, -par-]
  1. 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.
  2. a housemother or housefather.

Origin of houseparent

First recorded in 1950–55; house + parent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018