matron

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Matron \Ma"tron\, noun [F. matrone, L. matrona, fr. mater mother. See {Mother}.]

1. A wife or a widow, especially, one who has borne children; a woman of staid or motherly manners.

Your wives, your daughters, Your matrons, and your maids. --Shak.

Grave from her cradle, insomuch that she was a matron before she was a mother. --Fuller.

2. A housekeeper; esp., a woman who manages the domestic economy of a public instution; a head nurse in a hospital; as, the matron of a school or hospital.

{Jury of matrons} (Law), a jury of experienced women called to determine the question of pregnancy when set up in bar of execution, and for other cognate purposes.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

matron

noun

1: a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified

2: a wardress in a prison

3: a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution


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