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mother house

noun, Roman Catholic Church
a convent housing a mother superior of a community of nuns.
a self-governing convent having authority over other houses.
Origin of mother house
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But a few months before she came to the editor, she said, a cabal had been established against her in her mother house.

    May Iverson's Career Elizabeth Jordan
  • She had the affliction of leaving the mother house without being able to obtain anything, even a hope.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • The hospital continues to be served by them, but the Sisters now come from the mother house at Darmstadt.

    Deaconesses in Europe Jane M. Bancroft
  • Meanwhile, the number of inmates at the mother house, the Seminary especially, increased daily.

    The Miraculous Medal Jean Marie Aladel
  • It is situated on the same location as the mother house of the community.

    History of Linn County Iowa Luther A. Brewer
  • Though she is only thirty-three she is already the first assistant at the mother house, whence she comes to inspect here.

  • Luxeuil became the popular school of Gaul, the mother house of hundreds of monasteries.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • It was burnt down on April 11, 1768, at the same time as the mother house but rebuilt the same year.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
  • In 1851 the community moved to the corner of Campeau and Lagauchetire streets, the site where the present mother house now stands.

    Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) William Henry Atherton
  • As to the mother house, it is asserted on honor that up to 1838 not even as much as a curio had been sent there.

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