house·​mas·​ter | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌma-stər How to pronounce housemaster (audio) \

Definition of housemaster

: a master in charge of a house in a boy's boarding school

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Johnson’s housemaster, Martin Hammond, wrote in the spring of 1982, when Johnson was seventeen. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Empty Promise of Boris Johnson," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of housemaster

1839, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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