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matronage

[mey-truh-nij, ma-]
noun
  1. the state of being a matron.
  2. guardianship by a matron.
  3. matrons collectively.
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Origin of matronage

First recorded in 1765–75; matron + -age
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British Dictionary definitions for matronage

matronage

noun
  1. the state of being a matron
  2. supervision or care by a matron
  3. matrons collectively
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