Definition of matron noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmeɪtrən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmeɪtrən//
    Hospitals, Medical staff, People in schools
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  1. 1(British English) a woman who works as a nurse in a school See related entries: Medical staff, People in schools
  2. 2(old-fashioned, British English) a senior female nurse in charge of the other nurses in a hospital (now usually called a senior nursing officer) See related entries: Hospitals, Medical staff
  3. 3(becoming old-fashioned) an older married woman
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in sense (3)): from Old French matrone, from Latin matrona, from mater, matr- ‘mother’.
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