house·fa·ther | \ˈhau̇s-ˌfä-t͟hər \

Definition of housefather 

: a man in charge of a dormitory, hall, or hostel

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Soon café-society photographer Patrick McMullan emerged as the town house’s unofficial housefather. Bryan Burrough, The Hive, "Fyre Festival: Anatomy of a Millennial Marketing Fiasco Waiting to Happen," 4 July 2017

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First Known Use of housefather

1877, in the meaning defined above

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