Definition of housemother in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhousˌməT͟Hər/


A woman in charge of and living in a boarding school dormitory or children’s home.
Example sentences
  • In those days, the cottages now used for respite care for disabled children were run as individual homes where husband-and-wife teams, known as housefathers and housemothers, looked after abandoned or orphaned children.
  • Kate found the training school alienating, and her claims that her housemother disliked her were dismissed as irrational, possibly adding to her sense of injustice.
  • It was a joy to sit amid thirty or so girls and give a devotional talk as two of the housemothers translated my English into Tagalog.

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Syllabification: house·moth·er

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