matron
noun Etymology: Middle English matrone, from Anglo-French, from Latin matrona, from matr-, mater Date: 14th century 1. a. a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction b. a woman who supervises women or children (as in a school or police station) c. the chief officer in a women's organization 2. a female animal kept for breeding

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  • Matron — is the job title of a very senior nurse in several countries, including the United Kingdom, its former colonies, including the Republic of Ireland, although the title Clinical Nurse Manager has become acceptable as an alternative. Contents 1… …   Wikipedia

  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • matron — (n.) late 14c., married woman (usually one of rank), from O.Fr. matrone married woman; elderly lady; patroness; midwife, and directly from L. matrona married woman, wife, matron, from mater (gen. matris) mother (see MOTHER (Cf. mother) (n.1)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Matron — Matron, Parodist, vielleicht um 300 v. Chr., dessen Fragmente bei H. Grotius Excerpta ex trag., Par. 1626 …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • matron — ► NOUN 1) a woman in charge of domestic and medical arrangements at a boarding school. 2) a dignified or staid married woman. 3) Brit., dated a woman in charge of nursing in a hospital. 4) chiefly US a female prison officer. DERIVATIVES matronly… …   English terms dictionary

  • matron — [mā′trən] n. [ME matrone < OFr < L matrona < mater, MOTHER1] 1. a married woman or widow, esp. one who has a mature appearance and manner 2. a woman superintendent or manager of the domestic arrangements of a hospital, prison, or other… …   English World dictionary

  • matron — [[t]me͟ɪtrən[/t]] matrons 1) N COUNT; N TITLE The matron in a nursing home is the woman who is in charge of all the nurses. In the past, the woman in charge of the nurses in a hospital was also called a matron. [BRIT] The Matron at the nursing… …   English dictionary

  • matron — n. 1) a dignified matron 2) a matron of honor (at a wedding) * * * [ meɪtrən] a dignified matron a matron of honor (at a wedding) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • matron —    The professional title of the person in charge of nurses and other hospital staff, apart from the doctors, though in Britain this official is now called a ‘senior nursing officer’. ‘No nonsense, please matron,’ says a doctor in My Brother… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • matron — UK [ˈmeɪtrən] / US noun [countable] Word forms matron : singular matron plural matrons 1) a) British old fashioned a female nurse whose job is to look after students in a school b) British old fashioned a senior female nurse in a hospital 2)… …   English dictionary

  • matrón — {{#}}{{LM M25194}}{{〓}} {{SynM25830}} {{[}}matrón{{]}}, {{[}}matrona{{]}} ‹ma·trón, tro·na› {{《}}▍ s.{{》}} {{<}}1{{>}} Persona especializada en la asistencia a parturientas y legalmente autorizada para ello. {{《}}▍ s.f.{{》}} {{<}}2{{>}} Madre de… …   Diccionario de uso del español actual con sinónimos y antónimos

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