verb ma·tron·ize \ˈmā‧trəˌnīz\

Definition of matronize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give the qualities of a matron to :  cause to be a matron was matronized by her children and her responsibilities

  3. 2a :  to act as a matron to or toward :  superintend or attend in the capacity of a matron; especially :  chaperone offered to matronize the young people b :  to preside as a matron over matronizing the reception

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become a matron

  6. 2 :  to fulfill the role of a matron

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up matronize? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a trip made at another's expense

Get Word of the Day daily email!