ma·​tron·​ly | \ ˈmā-trən-lē How to pronounce matronly (audio) \

Definition of matronly

: having the character of or suitable to a matron

Examples of matronly in a Sentence

She feared she was becoming a matronly old woman. She wore a matronly blue dress.
Recent Examples on the Web But the difference between Abbey and her father, her mother, cousin Nora and the matronly neighbor Mrs. Beach is of degree rather than kind. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Not knowing exactly what his voice is yet, Halston tries to put the new world of mod black-and-white prints and patterns on heavy, matronly fabric. Whitney Friedlander, Vulture, 14 May 2021 Beside reserving a matronly bit part for Andie MacDowell (who co-starred in the 1994 movie), there is no compelling reason to sully the movie’s good name this way. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, 29 July 2019 Forget any associations with matronly librarians and think instead of the snappy, confident clack of the heel meeting the ground and announcing its wearer’s arrival. Vogue, 14 Apr. 2019 The fashion available to moms-to-be is few and far between, often either made with bad, stretchy Lycra or cut in the silhouette of a matronly muumuu. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 11 Jan. 2019 The general sat between the twins at one end of the table, while the matronly Holly, a former debutante who graduated summa cum laude from Dickinson College (and whose father was the superintendent of West Point), was seated at the other end. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, 29 Nov. 2016 Even though Emily stabbed her in the shoulder and kicked her down a flight of stairs in Season 2's finale, surely this is not the end for Ann Dowd's fearsome (and Emmy-winning) portrayal of the matronly enforcer Aunt Lydia. Hank Stuever,, 12 July 2018 Calvin Klein’s body boy short reveals nothing and looks sporty, not matronly. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of matronly

1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Matronly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of matronly

: like or suitable for an older married woman

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