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

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At a historic stone house in the Pennsylvania Poconos named after the matron of the family, Grandma Bunny, furry woodland creatures pop up in everything from wallpaper to rugs and trinkets. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "This Woven Pendant Lamp Is All the Rage with Interior Designers," 22 May 2019 Helen Hokinson, whose clubwomen and matrons were New Yorker staples from 1925 to 1951, warrants only four of her nearly 1,800 contributions; meanwhile, editor Bob Mankoff, who recently stepped down as cartoon editor, gives himself 87 nods. Thomas Vinciguerra, WSJ, "‘The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons’ Review: Desert Island Delights," 16 Nov. 2018 If a Vuitton Speedy had to be shared with the matrons who embraced it, if an Hermès Birkin remained, then as now, tantalizingly out of reach, a Prada nylon knapsack ushered in the ’90s by offering a new, transgressive notion of luxury. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "That’s So ’90s: Vogue Editors Share Their Favorite Fashion Memories From This Year’s Most Trending Decade," 22 Dec. 2018 The extravagantly wealthy Manhattan society matron, according to Hemingway, invited him to tea and presented him with an alluring offer. Paul Hendrickson, Town & Country, "The Muse of Kilimanjaro," 19 Dec. 2012 To turn Garner into the iconic matron of Oz's flying monkeys, Stiles began by covering her entire face and neck in green face paint, then dramatically contoured her cheeks and brow bones with black. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Jennifer Garner Transforms Into the Wicked Witch for Halloween, Thanks to Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles," 31 Oct. 2018 Nighy is her crusty neighbor — a straight line of a man who loves books, but not people — and Clarkson is a society matron opposed to the shop. Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times, "Love bookstores and English villages? ‘The Bookshop’ may just be the film for you," 28 Aug. 2018 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

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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
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)


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Medical Definition of matron

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

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