- a convent housing a mother superior of a community of nuns.
- a self-governing convent having authority over other houses.
Origin of mother house
First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for mother house
The mother-house at Strasburg is one of the oldest ones, dating from 1842.
The Sisters had also the pleasure of visiting the mother-house of their Order in Paris.The Greater Love
George T. McCarthy
It contains the mother-house of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.
Already it had spread from the mother-house of San Giovanni in Fiore, and numbered several other monasteries.A History of The Inquisition of The Middle Ages; volume III
Henry Charles Lea
Almost contemporary with the mother-house arose the normal school for infant-school teachers.