Jury of matrons
Matron 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. [1913 Webster]

Your wives, your daughters, Your matrons, and your maids. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Grave from her cradle, insomuch that she was a matron before she was a mother. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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