One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The principal of a college at the University of Oxford or Cambridge.
2The most senior pupil of a (boarding) house in a school; (also) the teacher responsible for the welfare and development of the pupils in such a house.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Edmund Grindal (d. 1583), archbishop of York and of Canterbury. From head + of + house.
head of house/ˌhɛd əv ˈhaʊs/
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