matron

noun ma·tron \ ˈmā-trən \

Definition of matron

1 a :a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction (see distinction 5a)
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

Examples of matron in a Sentence

  1. society matrons who organize benefits for charity

  2. the matron of a school for girls

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Origin and Etymology of matron

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

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MATRON Defined for English Language Learners

matron

noun

Definition of matron for English Language Learners

  • : an older married woman who usually has a high social position

  • : a woman whose job is to be in charge of children or other women

  • : a female nurse who is in charge of the other nurses in a hospital


MATRON Defined for Kids

matron

noun ma·tron \ ˈmā-trən \

Definition of matron for Students

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)

Word Root of matron

The Latin word mater, meaning “mother,” gives us the root mater or matr. Anyone or anything maternal, such as a grandparent, is related through the mother's side of the family. Maternity is the state of being a mother. A matriarch is a woman who is the mother and head of a family. A matron is a married woman who may be a mother.


Medical Dictionary

matron

noun ma·tron \ ˈmā-trən \

medical Definition of matron

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


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