house·​fa·​ther ˈhau̇s-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce housefather (audio)
: a man in charge of a dormitory, hall, or hostel

Examples of housefather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dasani’s housefather, Jason McQuiddy, who walks up the hill to where the bus is parked. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Soon café-society photographer Patrick McMullan emerged as the town house’s unofficial housefather. Bryan Burrough, The Hive, 4 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of housefather was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Housefather.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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