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
Recent Examples on the Web The children were gathered by this institute's director, a brittle matron of unverifiable age named Maria, into lines in the commu- nity room. Ew Staff,, "Read the first three chapters of Kathy Wang's new spy thriller Impostor Syndrome," 27 Apr. 2021 An innocent lands in a women’s prison with crude inmates and a big matron called Evelyn. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘An American in Paris’; ‘Ben-Hur’," 26 Mar. 2021 Freed from those mermaid waves, the hairstyle of choice of countless 50-ish moms, Lovato looks freer and younger, less like a matron in training. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil,," 23 Mar. 2021 Chief Opeolu Ogunbiyi, Solanke’s wife (nicknamed ‘Mama WASU’) became the matron of the hostel and organized for food to be shipped from the continent to Britain. Yosola Olorunshola, Quartz, "How the West African Students Union drove the anti-colonial agenda in 20th century London," 6 Mar. 2021 Burstyn is so convincing as a confident matron who can't understand why everyone doesn't agree with her that her villainy feels sympathetic. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Great performances bring truth to otherwise phony 'Pieces of a Woman'," 8 Jan. 2021 Noticing the budding chef’s natural talent and curiosity for cooking, the matron of the family, Alice Vairin, set aside a day each week for Richard to experiment with unique dishes. Lily Katzman, Smithsonian Magazine, "Meet Lena Richard, the Celebrity Chef Who Broke Barriers in the Jim Crow South," 12 June 2020 Yet modern moms are still portrayed across mediums as sexless, wine-guzzling matrons, relieved of the burden of intellectual curiosity and forever at the mercy of our children’s desires. Amil Niazi,, "Putting Myself First Doesn’t Make Me A Bad Mum," 7 May 2020 The excavations unearthed hundreds of different female forms, ranging from demure matrons to nubile veiled dancers and girls at play. National Geographic, "These lovely little statues enchanted ancient Greece," 29 Jan. 2020

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

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“Matron.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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)


ma·​tron | \ ˈmā-trən How to pronounce matron (audio) \

Medical Definition of matron

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

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