Matron meaning

mā'trən
A woman attendant or guard in charge of women or children, as in an institution.
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A woman who acts as a supervisor or monitor in a public institution, such as a school, hospital, or prison.
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A mature woman; a wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.
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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.
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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.

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A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.
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An older married or widowed woman, esp. one who has a mature appearance and manner.
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A woman superintendent or manager of the domestic arrangements of a hospital, prison, or other institution.
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Origin of matron

  • Middle English matrone from Old French from Latin mātrōna from māter mātr- mother māter- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French matrone, Latin matrona (“married woman"), from mater (“mother")
    From Wiktionary