ma·​tron | \ˈmā-trən \

Definition of matron 

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

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Examples of matron in a Sentence

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

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Hipsters and matrons alike come here in search of vintage items and tchotchkes. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "New Braunfels: Your guide to shopping, dining and hotels," 11 June 2018 Those words were fired off years ago like darts by a wise Greek matron who wanted to teach me and a friend a lesson about good intentions vs. outcomes. Maria Panaritis,, "Ten's a crowd in Pa.'s Fifth Congressional District primary | Maria Panaritis," 2 May 2018 The club’s members worked to get women on the school board and to have police matrons hired at the city jail to handle incarcerated women, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. From Express-news Archives, San Antonio Express-News, "Eleanor Brackenridge worked for women’s rights," 15 Feb. 2018 The whole production seems piped in from a Hollywood soundstage of the 1950s, when a very different formula reigned, and the lives of haute-bourgeois young matrons were seen as worthy subjects for private fantasy and mass entertainment. Caitlin Flanagan, The Atlantic, "The Impossible Duality of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Apr. 2018 Marta Shanaman, a police department matron, had just been shot during a jailbreak attempt in the eighth-floor women's detention quarters. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's old police HQ: Escapes, vanishing evidence, bird corpses," 9 Mar. 2018 The matron told reporters that her life had been ruined. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Oprah might run for president. We did the opposition research for you.," 9 Jan. 2018 Still, the specter of geography teachers or lunch matrons reaching for a firearm if there's trouble doesn't resonate with local school leaders. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "Arm teachers with resources, not guns, say Northwest Indiana educators," 22 Feb. 2018 Despite its cute, alliterative name, this facility is a monotonous grey nightmare where the students are taught how to prey on people by a harsh matron (played by Charlotte Rampling) who in turn preys on them. Esther Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Jennifer Lawrence's New Movie an Over-the-Top Piece of Torture Porn?," 16 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of matron

: 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


ma·​tron | \ˈmā-trən \

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 \

Medical Definition of matron 


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

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