PRONUNCIATION: (ROH-muhn may-truhn)

MEANINGnoun: A woman having a dignified bearing.

ETYMOLOGY: From the ideal of a married woman in ancient Rome. From Latin matrona (a married woman), from mater (mother). Earliest documented use: 1596.

NOMAN MATRON - Penelope (wife of Odysseus, who called himself "Noman" when he struck the blow that blinded the Cyclops)

ROMAN MACRON - makes a Roman vowel long

ROMAN MAîTRON - chief of waiters in the Colosseum