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.
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Your wives, your daughters,
Your matrons, and your maids.
Shak.
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Grave from her cradle, insomuch that she was a matron before she was a mother.
Fuller.
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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.
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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.
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