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

Examples of housemother in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the show, Edna Garrett leaves the Drummonds’ Park Avenue hom and becomes housemother of a dormitory at a private all-girls school in Peekskill, New York. Michael Schneider, Variety, 29 Nov. 2021 Melissa follows behind, Dasani slams the door in her housemother’s face. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Dasani’s housemother is 37-year-old Tabitha McQuiddy, a white Pennsylvania native with blond highlights and a long plaid skirt. New York Times, 28 Sep. 2021 Before long, a housemother at the school was punishing them for it. Washington Post, 16 June 2021 Rodriguez can currently be seen starring as housemother Blanca in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking Pose on FX. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 July 2019 Charlotte Rae starred as Edna Garrett, a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, NY. Fox News, 4 Aug. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of housemother

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Housemother.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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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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