ma·​tron ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio)
: a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction (see distinction sense 4a)
: a woman who supervises women or children (as in a school or police station)
: the chief officer in a women's organization
: a female animal kept for breeding

Examples of matron in a Sentence

society matrons who organize benefits for charity the matron of a school for girls
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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Matron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ma·​tron ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio)
: a usually mature and dignified married woman
: a woman in charge of the household affairs of an institution
: a woman who supervises women prisoners in a police station or jail

Medical Definition


ma·​tron ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio)
: a woman superintendent of a medical institution (as a hospital)

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