- 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.
- an older married or widowed woman, 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 of matronMiddle English matrone ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin matrona ; from mater, mother
- 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 of matronMiddle English matrone, from Old French, from Latin matr&omacron;na, from mater, matr-, mother; see mater- in Indo-European roots.
- A mature woman; a wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.
- A housekeeper; especially, a woman who manages the domestic economy of a public institution; a head nurse in a hospital; as, the matron of a school or hospital.