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MATRON. A married woman, generally an elderly married woman.
     2. By the laws of England, when a widow feigns herself with child, in order to exclude the next heir, and a suppositious birth is expected, then, upon the writ de ventre inspiciendo, a jury of women is to be, impanelled to try the question, whether with child or not. Cro, Eliz. 566. So when a woman was sentenced to death, and she declared herself to be quick with child, a jury of matrons is impanelled to try whether she be or be not with child. 4 Bl. Com. 395. See Pregnancy; Quick with child.

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Now, if the matron had moved her chair to the right, she would have been scorched by the fire; and if to the left, she must have fallen into Mr.
exclaimed the matron, 'what a very curious question from a single man.
The beadle drank his tea to the last drop; finished a piece of toast; whisked the crumbs off his knees; wiped his lips; and deliberately kissed the matron.
Bumble darted, with much agility, to the wine bottles, and began dusting them with great violence: while the matron sharply demanded who was there.
Emily Mason, "Memoirs of a Hospital Matron," Atlantic Monthly (1902): 314.
A very kind and hard-working matron, she met me at Wanganui Airport late at night and settled my family into quarters on Heads Road.
o'Brien has ruled Somehow, an impressive winner at the Curragh on her most recent start, out of the Group 1 Matron Stakes at Leopardstown.
Tiffany Carter, 46, got into bed with him after "lights out" when she was a junior matron, it is alleged.
Every morning, the matron would do the rounds and everything was in ship-shape order; if it wasn't someone would be for the high jump.
The exception to the "rod of iron rule" was Matron Nesta Davies of Lord Pontypridd Hospital: she was a soft hearted lovely lady who was never without a smile on her face.
Matron had said I would meet her here, but she is not anywhere to be found.
ANOTHER hospital staffing crisis is looming after it was revealed that more than 1,000 matrons have left the NHS since David Cameron came to power.