- The definition of a matron is a women who is usually middle-aged and married, or a female who is in charge in an institution.
- A respectable married woman is an example of a matron.
- The female head of a boarding school dorm house is an example of a matron.
- a married woman or widow, esp. one who has a mature appearance and manner
- a woman superintendent or manager of the domestic arrangements of a hospital, prison, or other institution
- a woman attendant or guard in charge of women or children, as in an institution
Origin: Middle English matrone from Old French from Classical Latin matrona from mater, mother
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- A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.
- A woman who acts as a supervisor or monitor in a public institution, such as a school, hospital, or prison.
Origin: Middle English matrone, from Old French, from Latin mātrōna, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.
- maˈtron·al adjective
- maˈtron·li·ness noun
- maˈtron·ly adverb & adj.