[mey-truh n-lee]


of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a matron; maturely dignified; stately.
characteristic of or suitable for a matron.

Nearby words

  1. matron of honour,
  2. matronage,
  3. matronal,
  4. matronalia,
  5. matronize,
  6. matronymic,
  7. matryoshka,
  8. mats,
  9. matsu,
  10. matsu-take

Origin of matronly

First recorded in 1650–60; matron + -ly

Related formsma·tron·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for matronly



of, characteristic of, or suitable for a matron; staid and dignified in a manner associated with a middle-aged, usually plump, woman
Derived Formsmatronliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for matronly


1580s (adv.), 1650s (adj.), from matron + -ly (2). An earlier adjective was matron-like (1570s).

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