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[ mey-truh-nahyz ]
/ ˈmeɪ trəˌnaɪz /

verb (used with object), ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.

to cause to become matronly; cause to act as, or fulfill the role of, matron.
to serve as a matron to; chaperon.

verb (used without object), ma·tron·ized, ma·tron·iz·ing.

to become a matron.

Nearby words

matron of honor, matron of honour, matronage, matronal, matronalia, matronize, matronly, matronymic, matryoshka, mats, matsu
Also especially British, ma·tron·ise.

Origin of matronize

First recorded in 1745–55; matron + -ize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for matronizing

  • She was amazed to see Miss Craydocke present, countenancing and matronizing.

    A Summer in Leslie Goldthwaite's Life.|Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney