matron


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ma·tron

 (mā′trən)
n.
1. A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.
2. A woman who acts as a supervisor or monitor in a public institution, such as a school, hospital, or prison.

[Middle English matrone, from Old French, from Latin mātrōna, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

ma′tron·al adj.
ma′tron·li·ness n.
ma′tron·ly adv. & adj.

matron

(ˈmeɪtrən)
n
1. a married woman regarded as staid or dignified, esp a middle-aged woman with children
2. (Professions) a woman in charge of the domestic or medical arrangements in an institution, such as a boarding school
3. (Professions) US a wardress in a prison
4. (Professions) Brit the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital. Official name: nursing officer
5. (Medicine) Brit the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital. Official name: nursing officer
[C14: via Old French from Latin mātrōna, from māter mother]
ˈmatronal adj
ˈmatronˌhood, ˈmatronˌship n
ˈmatron-ˌlike adj

ma•tron

(ˈmeɪ trən)

n.
1. a married woman, esp. one who is mature and dignified.
2. a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital or other institution.
3. a woman officer, as in a prison for women.
[1350–1400; Middle English matrone < Latin mātrōna a married woman, wife, derivative of māter mother1]
ma•tron•al (ˈmeɪ trə nl, ˈmæ-) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matron - a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignifiedmatron - a married woman (usually middle-aged with children) who is staid and dignified
married woman, wife - a married woman; a man's partner in marriage
2.matron - a wardress in a prison
wardress - a woman warder
3.matron - a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institutionmatron - a woman in charge of nursing in a medical institution
nurse - one skilled in caring for young children or the sick (usually under the supervision of a physician)
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
Translations
رَئيسَة مُمَرِّضات في مُسْتَشْفىسَيِّدَه مُتَزَوِّجَه مَهيبَه
matrónavrchní sestra
forstanderfrue
férjes asszonyfõnõvér
forstöîukona, yfirhjúkrunarkonavirîuleg eldri frú
garbinga ištekėjusi moterissolidusvyresnioji medicinos sesuo
cienījama dāmaprecēta sievietevecākā māsavirsmāsa
directricehoofdverpleegstermatrone
matróna
ağırbaşlı evli kadınbaş hemşire

matron

[ˈmeɪtrən]
A. N
1. (in nursing home) → supervisora f
2. (o.f.) (in hospital) → enfermera f jefe
3. (in school) → enfermera f
4. (= married woman) → matrona f
B. CPD matron of honour Ndama f de honor (casada)

matron

[ˈmeɪtrən] n
(in hospital)infirmière-chef f
(in school)infirmière f

matron

n
(in hospital) → Oberin f, → Oberschwester f; (in school) → Schwester f
(= married woman)Matrone f

matron

[ˈmeɪtrn] n (Brit) (in hospital) → capoinfermiera; (in school) → infermiera; (older woman) → matrona

matron

(ˈmeitrən) noun
1. a senior nurse in charge of a hospital.
2. a dignified married woman. Her behaviour shocked all the middle-class matrons in the neighbourhood.
ˈmatronly adjective
1. dignified and calm.
2. rather fat. a matronly figure.
References in classic literature ?
I also doubt if any young matron ever began life with so rich a supply of dusters, holders, and piece bags, for Beth made enough to last till the silver wedding came round, and invented three different kinds of dishcloths for the express service of the bridal china.
The magistrates are God-fearing gentlemen, but merciful overmuch -- that is a truth," added a third autumnal matron.
we found the aforetime young matron graying toward the imminent verge of her half century, and the babies all men and women, and some of them married and experimenting familywise themselves -- for not a soul of the tribe was dead
Brocklehurst and his family never came near Lowood now: household matters were not scrutinised into; the cross housekeeper was gone, driven away by the fear of infection; her successor, who had been matron at the Lowton Dispensary, unused to the ways of her new abode, provided with comparative liberality.
She was naturally a lady of the mildest good breeding: she was mistress of every bland conventionality in the English language -- but disasters and dramatic influences combined, threw even this harmless matron off her balance at last.
Near to the winter fire sat a beautiful young girl, so like that last that Scrooge believed it was the same, until he saw her, now a comely matron, sitting opposite her daughter.
And really I felt that she was a noble woman - the sort of woman who might have been a Roman matron, and done all manner of heroic things, in times of public trouble.
So spake our general Mother, and with eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd, And meek surrender, half imbracing leand On our first Father, half her swelling Breast Naked met his under the flowing Gold Of her loose tresses hid: he in delight Both of her Beauty and submissive Charms Smil'd with superior Love, as JUPITER On JUNO smiles, when he impregns the Clouds That shed MAY Flowers; and press'd her Matron lip With kisses pure: aside the Devil turnd For envie, yet with jealous leer maligne Ey'd them askance, and to himself thus plaind.
He was the last man, I have heard her tell, who ever said aught to her, which man ought in courtesy to address to maid or matron.
Without making any inquiry, she darted upstairs into a drawing-room, where a matron of good presence, with features of the finest Jewish type, sat reading.
When the matron HOUYHNHNMS have produced one of each sex, they no longer accompany with their consorts, except they lose one of their issue by some casualty, which very seldom happens; but in such a case they meet again; or when the like accident befalls a person whose wife is past bearing, some other couple bestow on him one of their own colts, and then go together again until the mother is pregnant.
returned the matron, comprehending the other's meaning intuitively, "and what may be the young gentleman's name?