housemother


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house·moth·er

 (hous′mŭth′ər)
n.
A woman employed as a houseparent.

house•moth•er

(ˈhaʊsˌmʌð ər)

n.
a woman who supervises a group of young people living in a dormitory, hostel, etc.
[1830–1840]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.housemother - a woman employed as a chaperon in a residence for young people
chaperon, chaperone - one who accompanies and supervises a young woman or gatherings of young people
Translations

housemother

[ˈhaʊsˌmʌðəʳ] nresponsabile f di gruppo (in un collegio)
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If you are going to marry a minister," said Aunt Jamesina, picking up Joseph and her knitting and resigning herself to the inevitable with the charming grace that made her the queen of housemothers, "you will have to give up such expressions as `dig in.
Half Way" is the story of twelve women trying to survive living together, all which have various degrees of afflictions and personalities that drive the housemother all-the-way-crazy.
The psychic former sorority housemother warns Hanna that a "threat" to her is close.
The housemother would say, "you should not be gone longer than an hour to the pharmacy.
Children included in the study met the following inclusion criteria: (a) orphan between 10 and 12 years of age (enrolled in Grades 3-5) and living permanently in the participating orphanage; (b) not more than 2 years behind grade level; (c) clinical or borderline level of behavioral concern reported by their teacher (Teacher Report Form [TRF]; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001) or housemother (Child Behavior Checklist-Parent Version [CBCL]; Achenbach & Rescorla, 2001); (d) presenting problem and current functioning deemed appropriate for small-group counseling intervention; and (e) currently not receiving counseling services.
Ashe met Daly, who worked as a housemother (according to Dominican Sr.
Mrs Ashley, who was a housemother at the school, said in a statement: "He also had a hi-tech BB gun; he filmed himself skinning live cats and trapped and pounded to death large birds [at the school].
Sanjay provided access to housemother, however, and was reputed to have considerable influence over her.
Nine years later, it emerged that he had a sexual relationship with his housemother shortly before his release.
Fell was the housemother at Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for 30 years before retiring in 1997.
When her housemother at the halfway house agrees to babysit, and advises her to "git you some dinner before you run out of here," Precious replies, "I was gonna take my journal book and write on the bus, 'stedda taking the train," again skipping a meal (137).
She was the center, the ringmaster, the housemother, the coach and cheerleader and she helped keep the Mailer family together.