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matron

[ mey-truhn ]

noun

  1. a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position.
  2. a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution.
  3. a woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison.


matron

/ ˈmeɪtrən /

noun

  1. a married woman regarded as staid or dignified, esp a middle-aged woman with children
  2. a woman in charge of the domestic or medical arrangements in an institution, such as a boarding school
  3. a wardress in a prison
  4. the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital Official namenursing officer


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Derived Forms

  • ˈmatron-ˌlike, adjective
  • ˈmatronˌhood, noun
  • ˈmatronal, adjective
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Other Words From

  • ma·tron·al [mey, -tr, uh, -nl, ma, -], adjective
  • matron·hood matron·ship noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of matron1

1350–1400; Middle English matrone < Latin mātrōna a married woman, wife, derivative of māter mother
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Word History and Origins

Origin of matron1

C14: via Old French from Latin mātrōna, from māter mother
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Example Sentences

Rachel is by no means impoverished, but she’s not nearly as wealthy as the society matrons Delvey bilks early on.

From Vox

This newest, old hotel, stands like a neighborhood matron underneath New Hampshire Avenue’s lush tree canopy near the quirky shops of 18th, 17th, and U Streets.

Freed from those mermaid waves, the hairstyle of choice of countless 50-ish moms, Lovato looks freer and younger, less like a matron in training.

From Time

Ted Lindsay, Reggie Sinclair, and Marty Pavelich of the Red Wings, were ushers, and Ted's wife, Pat, was matron of honor.

At another mortuary, “a very stout matron” has frozen to the metal refrigerator tray and must be chipped from it.

He asked why it was that Saldanha "was placed in a position in a matron office to be receiving calls from outside agencies".

His sister was a “country matron and Conservative party activist,” and so he would have nothing to do with her.

Part matron, part goddess, she is, as she croons, burlesque, and all of its sexy, cheeky implications.

Elderly matrons—and in Turkey every lady is an elderly matron in her fortieth year—are passionately devoted to this enjoyment.

Gwynne's disapproval vanished as he shook hands with the blooming young matron and met her bright laughing eyes.

With these words the matron dropped into her chair, and, once more resting her elbow on the table, thought of her solitary fate.

The matron expressed her entire concurrence in this intelligible simile, and the beadle went on.

As he spoke, he drew a chair beside the matron, and tenderly inquired what had happened to distress her.

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