matron ship

matron

[mey-truhn]
noun
1.
a married woman, especially one who is mature and staid or dignified and has an established social position.
2.
a woman who has charge of the domestic affairs of a hospital, prison, or other institution.
3.
a woman serving as a guard, warden, or attendant for women or girls, as in a prison.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English matrone < Latin mātrōna a married woman, wife, derivative of māter mother

matronal [mey-truh-nl, ma-] , adjective
matronhood, matronship, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To matron ship
Collins
World English Dictionary
matron (ˈmeɪtrən)
 
n
1.  a married woman regarded as staid or dignified, esp a middle-aged woman with children
2.  a woman in charge of the domestic or medical arrangements in an institution, such as a boarding school
3.  (US) a wardress in a prison
4.  (Brit) Official name: nursing officer the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital
 
[C14: via Old French from Latin mātrōna, from māter mother]
 
'matronal
 
adj
 
'matronhood
 
n
 
'matronship
 
n
 
'matron-like
 
adj

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

matron
late 14c., "married woman" (usually one of rank), from O.Fr. matrone, from L. matrona "married woman," from mater (gen. matris) "mother." Sense of "female manager of school, hospital, etc." first recorded 1550s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature