ma·​tron | \ ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio) \

Definition of matron

1a : a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction (see distinction sense 4a)
b : a woman who supervises women or children (as in a school or police station)
c : the chief officer in a women's organization
2 : a female animal kept for breeding

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Examples of matron in a Sentence

society matrons who organize benefits for charity the matron of a school for girls
Recent Examples on the Web Burstyn is so convincing as a confident matron who can't understand why everyone doesn't agree with her that her villainy feels sympathetic. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Great performances bring truth to otherwise phony 'Pieces of a Woman'," 8 Jan. 2021 Noticing the budding chef’s natural talent and curiosity for cooking, the matron of the family, Alice Vairin, set aside a day each week for Richard to experiment with unique dishes. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Lena Richard, the Celebrity Chef Who Broke Barriers in the Jim Crow South," 12 June 2020 Yet modern moms are still portrayed across mediums as sexless, wine-guzzling matrons, relieved of the burden of intellectual curiosity and forever at the mercy of our children’s desires. Amil Niazi,, "Putting Myself First Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Mum," 7 May 2020 The excavations unearthed hundreds of different female forms, ranging from demure matrons to nubile veiled dancers and girls at play. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020 As for Hunter’s Timon, her eventual withdrawal from human association seems all the more radical as a rejection of every female role evoked in her speeches: matron, wife, maiden, prostitute. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, "A Timon for Our Time," 29 Jan. 2020 The matron cooked the dishes and placed each one before me. Bryan Washington, The New Yorker, "The Japanese Fried-Rice Omelette That Rewired My Brain," 5 Nov. 2019 Art critics often consider domestic paintings from the Golden Age to be a theatre of moral choice, where exemplary virtues and vices are pictured among drinkers, smokers, serving-girls, matrons and unruly children. B.t. | Delft, The Economist, "In a new exhibition, Pieter de Hooch steps out of Vermeer’s shadow," 16 Oct. 2019 When working Hollywood stars arrived on the list (Rosalind Russell was the first), some of the social matrons were miffed, thinking actresses were beneath it. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "What It Takes to Make the International Best Dressed List," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of matron

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for matron

Middle English matrone, from Anglo-French, from Latin matrona, from matr-, mater

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The first known use of matron was in the 14th century

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30 Jan 2021

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“Matron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of matron

: an older married woman who usually has a high social position
US : a woman whose job is to be in charge of children or other women
British, old-fashioned : a female nurse who is in charge of the other nurses in a hospital


ma·​tron | \ ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio) \

Kids Definition of matron

1 : a married woman usually of high social position
2 : a woman who is in charge of women or children (as in a school or police station)


ma·​tron | \ ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio) \

Medical Definition of matron

: a woman superintendent of a medical institution (as a hospital)

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