Definition of matron in English:
1A woman in charge of domestic and medical arrangements at a boarding school or other establishment.
- The boarding school matron as sex symbol is alive and well.
- Inside resided the matron, her two patrons, two daughters, and two sons.
- It had been arranged that they would stop off at a pub to meet other residents - one who had been travelling in the matron's car and others in a minibus.
1.1US A female prison officer.
- In 1843 the gaol had a governor, two turnkeys and two guards but no matron for female prisoners until 1850 when the second stage of the gaol was completed.
- The prison guards were all male, and there were no matrons for the female prisoners.
- Society, in the form of the prison matrons, punishes Billie for daring to transgress its most covert laws and moral structures concerning women, especially black women.
2A married woman, especially a dignified and sober middle-aged one.
- Later, she is presented as a rather dowdy vestal virgin or as an elegant but staid matron demurely working on her embroidery.
- She died in America in 1773, a respectable matron aged thirty-eight.
- In its day, her shops attracted royalty, president's wives, society matrons, and thousands of others all over the world.
- Example sentences
- There was a late-middle-aged woman at the next table, a classic Minnesotan female entering matronhood; curly graying hair, sensible glasses, sensible shoes, sensible sweater.
- His wife is a fine-looking lady approaching matronhood and hating it.
Words that rhyme with matronpatron
Definition of matron in:
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