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

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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, "Sister Melissa, feminist who helped shape lives at Dominican University, says farewell," 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, "Weekly Reads from Art City (March 9)," 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, "Dominican Sisters of Mary ‘bring Heaven’ to Earth through song," 23 Dec. 2017 The Catholic Review, also a weekly, said that Sister Cathy’s requiem Mass was held at her order’s motherhouse at Charles Street and Bellona Avenue. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Newspaper strike silenced coverage of murder of Sister Catherine Cesnik," 18 May 2017 Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, a former superior of the Oblate Sisters of Providence who helped secure philanthropic gifts to the order's schools, died of multiple organ failure June 21 at the Oblate Sisters' Baltimore County motherhouse. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, former superior of the Oblate Ssters," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of motherhouse

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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