Definition of matron
1a : 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
society matrons who organize benefits for charity
the matron of a school for girls
Recent Examples of matron from the Web
And the San Diego acting treasure Melinda Gilb (as the rich matron Mrs. Rittenhouse) and Cygnet newcomer Russell Garrett (as a stuffy butler and famous art collector) add comic fizz.
Ann Getty, the socialite who had introduced the Huffingtons, was the matron of honor.
Justin Brill portrays Roxie's long-suffering stooge husband Amos, and E. Faye Butler is Chicago prison matron Mama Morton.
There's also a doctor on site and two live-in matrons, one of whom is from Chibok.
Her previously loose and tawny hair is now marcelled and peroxide blond; her glittering but shapeless black gown projects the expensive glamour of a society matron.
A place of sanctimony and twitching curtains, where the Garden Club and the Missionary Ladies Society occupy idle minds and hands, Salty Creek is a haven for matrons like Ruth (Diane Ladd), who can’t help getting up in everyone’s business.
In fact, the program started when one Montego Bay matron started to invite visitors to come to church and then return to her home for tea.
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Origin and Etymology of matron
Middle English matrone, from Anglo-French, from Latin matrona, from matr-, mater
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
MATRON Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 Definition of matron
British : a woman superintendent of a medical institution (as a hospital)
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