matronage

[ mey-truh-nij, ma- ]
/ ˈmeɪ trə nɪdʒ, ˈmæ- /

noun

the state of being a matron.
guardianship by a matron.
matrons collectively.

Nearby words

  1. matroclinous,
  2. matrocliny,
  3. matron,
  4. matron of honor,
  5. matron of honour,
  6. matronal,
  7. matronalia,
  8. matronize,
  9. matronly,
  10. matronymic

Origin of matronage

First recorded in 1765–75; matron + -age

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British Dictionary definitions for matronage

matronage

/ (ˈmeɪtrənɪdʒ) /

noun

the state of being a matron
supervision or care by a matron
matrons collectively
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