from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A woman employed as a houseparent.

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  • n. a woman employed in a residence for young people to look after them

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mother of a family; the female head of a household, or of a family community.

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

  • n. a woman employed as a chaperon in a residence for young people


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  • We called our housemother “The Phantom” because she was small and skinny and had broken a hip.

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  • NOT because the former situation was bad but it is a function of having lived on our own for 34 years and having a housemother is a bit much.

    More on daily life

  • But was I really supposed to have this older man pick me up at the Gamma Phi Beta house and have our senile housemother, aka “The Phantom,” mistake him for someone’s father?

    You’ll Never Blue Ball in This Town Again

  • Aunt Sarah had always been the perfect "housemother" or

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  • “I’ve already called your housemother and given her the good news,” she added, “so by now everyone knows about your miraculous recovery.

    Pearl in The Mist

  • She is in her eighth year as a volunteer, a housemother-type who gives hugs, leads prayers, applies Band-Aids and sews on buttons.

    Colima orphanage runs on faith

  • Mrs. Landford, the housemother, came upon them herself when she smelled the smoke and heard the laughter.


  • The pinkish purple light of dawn blanketed my room, and I was just blinking my blurry eyes at my digital clock when the door was flung open and Mrs. Shepard, our housemother, looked inside.


  • TV Guide Magazine: And Casey is becoming a ZBZ housemother, so I guess that means she'll still be active in Greek life?

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  • I was“housemother” by that time I had successfully pleased and deceived all the staff until I earned enough points to spend a week away for the holidays.

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