ma·​tron·​ly ˈmā-trən-lē How to pronounce matronly (audio)
: 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 Every few days, a matronly Spanish woman appeared at the fountain to give me a plastic bag with bananas and bread, and sometimes little packets of butter and jam. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2024 Transforming the elegant British, non-Jewish actress into the matronly prime minister required prosthetics for the cheeks, chin, nose and neck, plus contact lenses and a wig. Valli Herman, Los Angeles Times, 1 Jan. 2024 They were often greeted with a hug from the matronly owner. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2023 The matronly Mavis, everyday elegant in delectable period style (costumes are by Brenda Abbandandolo), is bigoted, complicated and startlingly wise about life. Laura Collins-Hughes, New York Times, 5 May 2023 See all Example Sentences for matronly 

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Word History

First Known Use

1630, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of matronly was in 1630

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“Matronly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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ma·​tron·​ly ˈmā-trən-lē How to pronounce matronly (audio)
: of, resembling, or suitable for a matron

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