Definitions for: Matron

[n] a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
[n] a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
[n] a wardress in a prison

Webster (1913) Definition: Ma"tron, n. [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.

Synonyms: head nurse

See Also: adult female, married woman, nurse, wardress, wife, woman

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