from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.
- n. A woman who acts as a supervisor or monitor in a public institution, such as a school, hospital, or prison.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A mature woman; a wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.
- n. A housekeeper; esp., a woman who manages the domestic economy of a public instution; a head nurse in a hospital.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A married woman, especially an elderly married woman, or a woman old enough to be the mother of a family, whether actually so or not; a woman possessing the gravity suitable to a mother.
- n. In a special sense, a head nurse in a hospital; the female head or superintendent of any institution.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a wardress in a prison
- n. a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
- n. a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
Middle English matrone, from Old French, from Latin mātrōna, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French matrone, Latin matrona ("married woman"), from mater ("mother") (Wiktionary)