Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The father of a family; the male head of household, or of any collection of persons living as a family or in common, as in a primative community.
  • n. A man in charge of a house in a boarding school

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a man in charge of children in an institution.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The father of a family; the male head of a household, or of any collection of persons living as a family or in common, as in a primitive community.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man in charge of children in an institution

Etymologies

From house +‎ father. Cognate with Dutch huisvader, German Hausvater, Swedish husfader, Icelandic húsfaðir. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But when the mortar sundae hoarding their eyelets, the advantages moved around from the backdrop of the housefather and lined up in the stress frontispiece as I kicked off my retailers and scuttled downturn the drape to stand quite near the grower.

    Farouche

  • Since it was clear the gods had singled me out, I must seek the shaman, have him teach me, change from man to disciple, finally from housefather to shaman myself.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • “Nothing warm in the house,” said the housefather, a carpenter himself.

    A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France

  • If all the food we eat were utilized for energy, the housewife could cook less, and the housefather could save money on grocer's and butcher's bills.

    General Science

  • It is made up of a few large huts, round which cluster smaller ones, all of them rudely built, mostly of bamboo; in the other larger ones dwell the heads of families, while the smaller ones shelter their kinsfolk and followers, for this is a patriarchal world, and the housefather gives the law to his household.

    Hindu Gods And Heroes Studies in the History of the Religion of India

  • If they proved themselves trustworthy, they were transferred to cottages under the care of a housefather and housemother.

    Cry, the Beloved Country

  • He was a simple man who went about in the public parks with a red cotton umbrella under his arm, followed by a brood of children like any good housefather.

    The Story of Mankind

  • Whoso were to withhold from them the Sacrament, would be like unto a man whom a housefather inviteth to himself as guest, offereth him meat and drink, and accepts nothing from him therefor; but the guest driveth the host from his table, upsetting meat and drink, so that they must both fast.

    The Following of Christ.

  • Every housefather is a priest in his own house, every housemother is a priestess; therefore see that you help us to perform the office of the ministry in your homes as we do in church.

    Historical Introductions to the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • Carpet and curtains, essential to the departed housefather, had disappeared; the bare windows stood open to what fresh air there was; the floor, polished, and with one rug at the bedside, exhaled the sweet perfume of beeswax and turpentine.

    Sisters

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