house·​moth·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce housemother (audio) \

Definition of housemother

: a woman acting as hostess, chaperone, and often housekeeper in a group residence

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Charlotte Rae starred as Edna Garrett, a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, NY. Fox News, "Leonardo DiCaprio, Jessica Biel in talks to reboot 'The Facts of Life'," 4 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of housemother

1882, in the meaning defined above

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house·​moth·​er | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌmə-t͟hər How to pronounce housemother (audio) \

Kids Definition of housemother

: a woman who acts as hostess, supervisor, and often housekeeper in a residence for young people

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