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housemother

[hous-muhth-er] /ˈhaʊsˌmʌð ər/
noun
1.
a woman in charge of a residence, especially for children, students, or young women, who acts as hostess, chaperon, and occasionally as housekeeper.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; house + mother1
Related forms
housemotherly, adjective
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