motherhouse

noun
moth·​er·​house | \ ˈmə-t͟hər-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce motherhouse (audio) \

Definition of motherhouse

1 : the convent in which the superior of a religious community resides
2 : the original convent of a religious community

Examples of motherhouse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sisters converted Brackenridge’s former mansion, now known as Brackenridge Villa, into their first motherhouse, which also was home to the elementary and secondary school. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 The Ursulines do not now have specific plans for the remainder of their 42-acre property, but have stated publicly a desire to develop the property upon which the former motherhouse stood before its demolition last year. cleveland, 3 Aug. 2021 Sister Reginald later lived at her order’s Baltimore County motherhouse and became the archivist. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, 14 Sep. 2020 The day the agreement was signed, a letter arrived at the motherhouse in San Antonio from Rome celebrating Laudato Si, the papal encyclical on the environment. Elaine Ayala, ExpressNews.com, 4 Aug. 2020 The cupola dome atop the former Nazareth motherhouse in Kalamazoo was removed Dec. 19, and remains wrapped up in front of the debris. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2020 The motherhouse and four other buildings on the former Nazareth College campus have been slated for demolition since April. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2020 The building that Brielmaier attached to their motherhouse was more church than chapel. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Jan. 2020 Ordinarily when one of the sisters leaves Dominican to live out her days at the motherhouse, people gather in a parking lot to sing a farewell song. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, 8 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of motherhouse

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Motherhouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motherhouse. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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