Matron



[mey-truh n] /ˈmeɪ trən/

noun
1.
a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position.
2.
a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution.
3.
a woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison.
/ˈmeɪtrən/
noun
1.
a married woman regarded as staid or dignified, esp a middle-aged woman with children
2.
a woman in charge of the domestic or medical arrangements in an institution, such as a boarding school
3.
(US) a wardress in a prison
4.
(Brit) the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital Official name nursing officer
n.

late 14c., “married woman” (usually one of rank), from Old French matrone “married woman; elderly lady; patroness; midwife,” and directly from Latin matrona “married woman, wife, matron,” from mater (genitive matris) “mother” (see mother (n.1)). Sense of “female manager of a school, hospital, etc.” first recorded 1550s.

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