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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 ?
Corney, the matron of the workhouse to which our readers have been already introduced as the birthplace of Oliver Twist, sat herself down before a cheerful fire in her own little room, and glanced, with no small degree of complacency, at a small round table: on which stood a tray of corresponding size, furnished with all necessary materials for the most grateful meal that matrons enjoy.
The matron sent me out to service with the character that I had honestly earned--the character of a reclaimed woman.
So when the approach of Mrs Deborah was proclaimed through the street, all the inhabitants ran trembling into their houses, each matron dreading lest the visit should fall to her lot.
The matron, seeing my lady took an interest in the place, pointed out a girl to her, named Rosanna Spearman, and told her a most miserable story, which I haven't the heart to repeat here; for I don't like to be made wretched without any use, and no more do you.
Now Doubt - now Pain Come never again, For her soul gives me sigh for sigh, And all day long Shines, bright and strong, Astarté within the sky, While ever to her dear Eulalie upturns her matron eye - While ever to her young Eulalie upturns her violet eye.
Mrs Durbeyfield's jacket and bonnet were already hanging slily upon a chair by her side, in readiness for this contemplated jaunt, the reason for which the matron deplored more than its necessity.
And so they passed on through the quadrangle and a small courtyard, upon which looked down a lot of little windows (belonging, as his guide informed him, to some of the School-house studies), into the matron's room, where East introduced Tom to that dignitary; made him give up the key of his trunk, that the matron might unpack his linen, and told the story of the hat and of his own presence of mind: upon the relation whereof the matron laughingly scolded him for the coolest new boy in the house; and East, indignant at the accusation of newness, marched Tom off into the quadrangle, and began showing him the schools, and examining him as to his literary attainments; the result of which was a prophecy that they would be in the same form, and could do their lessons together.
Again a mystic sisterhood would contumaciously assert itself, as she met the sanctified frown of some matron, who, according to the rumour of all tongues, had kept cold snow within her bosom throughout life.
Even a matron is not insusceptible to flattery, and the prospect of a visitor whose great object would be to listen to her conversation, was not without its charms to Mrs.
and as if to complete chaos, Dolly said, "Oh no, the matron of the nursing home has written instead of her.
But, Nicholas and the doctor--who had been passive at first, doubting very much whether Mr Kenwigs could be in earnest--interfering to explain the immediate cause of his condition, the indignation of the matrons was changed to pity, and they implored him, with much feeling, to go quietly to bed.
Tell her to bid the matrons gather at the temple of Minerva in the acropolis; let her then take her key and open the doors of the sacred building; there, upon the knees of Minerva, let her lay the largest, fairest robe she has in her house--the one she sets most store by; let her, moreover, promise to sacrifice twelve yearling heifers that have never yet felt the goad, in the temple of the goddess, if she will take pity on the town, with the wives and little ones of the Trojans, and keep the son of Tydeus from falling on the goodly city of Ilius; for he fights with fury and fills men's souls with panic.