housemother

noun
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 Rodriguez can currently be seen starring as housemother Blanca in Ryan Murphy’s groundbreaking Pose on FX. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Mj Rodriguez, Amber Riley and George Salazar to Tackle 'Little Shop of Horrors' (Exclusive)," 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, "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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“Housemother.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/housemother. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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housemother

noun
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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