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 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 Celebrating a centennial Alfons Gallery and the St. Joseph Center are part of the motherhouse of the School Sisters of Saint Francis. Milwaukee, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Mar. 2018 The sounds from the bell tower resonate through the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist. Matthew Vann, NBC News, 23 Dec. 2017

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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 15 Jun. 2021.

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