matron

noun
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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There was the matron-of-honor outfit for her and bridesmaid gowns for the girls. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "Your maid of honor is not made of cash," 23 June 2019 There was the matron-of-honor outfit for her and bridesmaid gowns for the girls. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "Your maid of honor is not made of cash," 23 June 2019 There was the matron-of-honor outfit for her and bridesmaid gowns for the girls. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "Your maid of honor is not made of cash," 23 June 2019 There was the matron-of-honor outfit for her and bridesmaid gowns for the girls. Michelle Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "Your maid of honor is not made of cash," 23 June 2019 There was the matron-of-honor outfit for her and bridesmaid gowns for the girls. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Bridesmaid or groomsman? What an honor. Also, a big expense.," 19 June 2019 The presence of Carole Ita White, in an early cameo as a society matron, links this production to its original version. Tom Titus, latimes.com, "On Theater: ‘Harvey’ hardly looks his age in Laguna," 6 June 2019 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

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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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matron

noun

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

matron

noun
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)

matron

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

Medical Definition of matron

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

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