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

  • n. The convent in which the mother superior of a religious community lives.
  • n. The original convent of a religious community.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The monastery from which the other 'houses' of a religious order or congregation were (directly or indirectly) founded, often eponymous.
  • n. The convent which is the seat (and often the above original foundation) of the superior of an order or congregation, and/or on which lower ranking houses (such as priories under an abbot) depend.


mother + house (Wiktionary)



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