housefather

noun
house·​fa·​ther | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌfä-t͟hər How to pronounce housefather (audio) \

Definition of housefather

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

Examples of housefather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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