from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A male teacher or professor in charge of a residence hall at a school or college.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The master or head of a house or household.
  • noun In English public schools, a master having supervision and control of the boys residing in one of the houses or halls belonging to the school.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A teacher in charge of a school boardinghouse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A teacher who is in charge of a house at a boarding school

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

  • noun teacher in charge of a school boardinghouse


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  • On the fives court, his nervous housemaster could relax, “rushing about,” as Roald described it, “shrieking what a little fool he is, and calling himself all sorts of names when he misses the ball.”

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  • As we entered Mogg House (Gordon Clifton-Mogg, housemaster), the weight of the nineteenth century settled around my shoulders like a shroud.

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  • My father shook hands with our welcoming committee as if he, not I, were matriculating, and a few moments of chat with headmaster and housemaster ensued.

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