What is another word for matrons?

Pronunciation: [mˈe͡ɪtɹənz] (IPA)

Matrons, meaning married women who are typically middle-aged and authoritative figures, can also be referred to as housewives or mothers. Other synonyms for matrons include matriarchs, guardians, caretakers, supervisors, overseers, and wardens. These terms all emphasize the responsibility and leadership roles that matrons often play in their communities and families, as well as their nurturing and protective qualities. The word matron can also be used to describe a woman who oversees a group of unmarried women, especially in a religious or educational context; in this sense, synonyms could include headmistress, director, or superintendent.

What are the hypernyms for Matrons?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

Usage examples for Matrons

Besides three or four regular attending physicians, the arrangements are presided over and the detail carefully carried out by a corps of trained matrons, the most thorough order, discipline, and system being observed as existing in every department.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia"
Maturin M. Ballou
All are under the supervision of a visiting committee, or bureau of matrons, having no other occupation, and who must regularly weigh the children and enter their progress or otherwise upon the books of the hospital, an account being opened for each infant received.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia"
Maturin M. Ballou
She spoke of the girls of the London world in their pretty dresses, and the matrons in their richer garments; of the men who moved about with polite deference.
"Girls of the Forest"
L. T. Meade

Famous quotes with Matrons

  • For the first fourteen years for a rod they do whine, For the next as a pearl in the world they do shine, For the next trim beauty beginneth to swerve, For the next matrons or drudges they serve, For the next doth crave a staff for a stay, For the next a bier to fetch them away.
    Thomas Tusser
  • The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.
    Oliver Goldsmith
  • Most of England's wit and manhood scintillated in the sunlight, while British matrons and England's fairest maids lit up with looks of proud affection; bosoms heaved in sympathetic unison with the measured tramp of the ammunition boots....
    Robert Erskine Childers
  • You're going to tell me that poverty's nothing to be ashamed of. It's not true, though. If you can't hide it, then it is something to be ashamed of. There's nothing you can do, you're ashamed just the same, the way you're ashamed when you leave a spot on somebody's table. No matter if it's deserved or not, honorable or not, poverty stinks. Yes, stinks, stinks like a ground-floor room off an airshaft, or clothes that need changing. You smell it yourself, as though you were made of sewage. It can't be wiped away. It doesn't help to put on a new hat, any more than rinsing your mouth helps when you're belching your guts out. It's around you and on you and everyone who brushes up against you or looks at you knows it. I know the way women look down on you when you're down at heels. I know it's embarrassing for other people, but the hell with that, it's a lot more embarrassing when it's you. You can't get out of it, you can't get past it, the best thing to do is get plastered, and here" (he reached for his glass and drained it in a deliberately uncouth gulp) "here's the great social problem, here's why the 'lower classes' indulge in alcohol so much more - that problem that countesses and matrons in women's groups rack their brains over at tea. For those few minutes, those few hours, you forget you're an affront to other and to yourself. It's no great distinction to be seen in the company of someone dressed lie this, I know, but it's no fun for me either.
    Stefan Zweig

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