[ mey-truh-nahyz ]

verb (used with object),ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.
  1. to cause to become matronly; cause to act as, or fulfill the role of, matron.

  2. to serve as a matron to; chaperon.

verb (used without object),ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.
  1. to become a matron.

Origin of matronize

First recorded in 1745–55; matron + -ize
  • Also especially British, ma·tron·ise .

Words Nearby matronize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use matronize in a sentence

  • "I'm sure Aunt Marion ought to be here to matronize you," said Jack.

    Old Friends and New | Sarah Orne Jewett
  • I dote upon chaperones; and by coming with this family, I had Mrs. Twamberley to matronize me.

    Pencil Sketches | Eliza Leslie