American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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
- From Middle English, from Old French matrone, Latin matrona ("married woman"), from mater ("mother") (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“On my way there I spotted a young matron with three children in baggy pants, oversize shirts, and hats with the brim in the back" - I have only this to say regarding said "matron" - she is a failure as a parent.”
“A good woman, too, who will _mother_ -- not 'matron' -- the girls.”
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“I called the matron of the dormitories at 7pm that night, in true worried-mother fashion.”
“SAKULĀ, or PAKULĀ, a brahmin matron of Sāvatthī, foremost of the Sisters who had the faculty of the 'Eye Celestial' (Ang. Nik, i.”
“No," she replied, "the matron is sick; I am her assistant.”
“To the world at large her habits seemed those of the ancient Roman matron, which is recorded on her tomb in these four words,”
“But since the matron was abolished and nurses no longer have responsibility for the cleanliness of the ward, we're apparently unable to manage such complex tasks as emptying bins and washing water jugs.”
“Pia Nillson is known as the matron of Swedish golf and credited with helping Sorenstam with her mental approach to the game.”
“It's yon 'as hurts her," said Kate, calling the matron's attention to something on the child's shoulders.”
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