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  • n. matronage

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The office of matron of a hospital or other institution. Lancet, No. 3422, p. 62 of Adv'ts.


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  • The General Council subsequently restored her to the matronship for 20 years.

    The Philippine Islands

  • In order to prove their appreciation of her kindness, the women banded together to give her an entertainment on the first anniversary of her matronship.

    Fifteen Years With The Outcast

  • "You needn't be afraid; it's only the matronship of the new Knitting School, thank you, with a salary of five hundred dollars a year."

    The Philistines

  • Edinburgh, when all doors had seemed to be shut against her, except the faint chance of a sub-matronship in a lunatic asylum.

    Mr. Hogarth's Will

  • When Jane mentioned the matronship, Mr. MacFarlane strongly advised her to apply for it, for the salary was more than she could look for in a situation, and she would probably be more independent.

    Mr. Hogarth's Will

  • The last week of the Misses Melville's stay at Cross Hall had begun before Jane heard of the result of her application for the matronship of the ----- Institution.

    Mr. Hogarth's Will

  • "There is a great deal of truth in what you say," said the director of the Institution, for the sub-matronship of which Jane Melville had applied in vain.

    Mr. Hogarth's Will

  • Page 22 before the time of Mrs. Bolton's matronship, yet the information given was just such as persons in her situation could give; and the errors committed, and exaggerations made, just such as we might expect, from persons whose present merit was rated in proportion to their former vices.

    Fanaticism; Its Source and Influence, Illustrated by the Simple Narrative of Isabella, in the Case of Matthias, Mr. and Mrs. B. Folger, Mr. Pierson, Mr. Mills, Catherine, Isabella, &c. &c. A Reply to W. L. Stone, with the Descriptive Portraits of All the Parties, While at Sing-Sing and at Third Street.--Containing the Whole Truth--and Nothing but the Truth.

  • I think I told her then that when I had my house on the hill, she should be the housekeeper to guard my keys and conduct my affairs; "that is, my dear, attend to all the little practical details connected with living," and Rebecca, to whom my castles on the Hill were never castles in the air, but who believed most implicitly that I would, sooner or later, perform all things that ever I dreamed of doing, accepted her prospective matronship with a becoming sense of its advantage and dignity.

    Cape Cod Folks

  • I can't state in figures (not very well remembering how to get beyond a million) the number of candidates for the Sanatorium matronship, but if you will ask your little boy to trace figures in the beds of your garden, beginning at the front wall, going down to the cricket-ground, coming back to the wall again, and "carrying over" to the next door, and will then set a skilful accountant to add up the whole, the product, as the Tutor's Assistants say, will give you the amount required.

    The Letters of Charles Dickens Vol. 3 (of 3), 1836-1870


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