matron

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noun ma·tron \ˈmā-trən\

Definition of matron

  1. 1 a :  a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction 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. 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

Origin and Etymology of matron

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


First Known Use: 14th century


MATRON Defined for English Language Learners

matron

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noun ma·tron \ˈmā-trən\

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

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noun ma·tron \ˈmā-trən\

Definition of matron for Students

  1. 1 :  a married woman usually of high social position

  2. 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

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noun ma·tron \ˈmā-trən\

Medical Definition of matron

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



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