Definition of motherhouse in English:


Pronunciation /ˈməT͟Hərˌhous/ /ˈməðərˌhaʊs/


  • The founding house of a religious order.

    ‘Sisters from the Cross and Passion Order returned to their mother house in Kilcullen on Friday night for a special ceremony of remembrance to mark their contribution to the school and community.’
    • ‘They might have a home, a mother house, a home community, but then they spend the rest of their lives working out in different communities all over the world.’
    • ‘The founding Dominican Congregation of St. Mary of the Springs has its mother house in Columbus, Ohio, where it is also the sponsoring order for Ohio Dominican College.’
    • ‘He lived out his last days in the mother house in Kimmage Manor, always speaking with affection of his beloved people of Ghana and Africa.’
    • ‘This was so bleak a spot that monks in trouble for naughty behaviour at the mother house of St Albans used to be packed off to Tynemouth to mend their ways.’
    • ‘Just how busy these women were is apparent from comments in the annual handwritten report to the order's mother house.’
    • ‘Almost 100 years ago, on Friday, September 24, 1904, five brothers were selected to go to South Africa from the order's mother house at Waterford in Ireland.’