What does the word matron mean?

Usage examples for matron

  1. When Helen came out, the agency blacksmith was carrying her suitcase, and the matron, Mrs. Ryers, had her arm about the girl's waist, for friends are quickly made in the West's lonely places. – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  2. The good woman of the house treated us with tea and sweetmeats, and afterwards withdrew, like a civil experienced matron as she was. – The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
  3. The matron melted a little. – Jane Journeys On by Ruth Comfort Mitchell