ma·​tron·​ly ˈmā-trən-lē How to pronounce matronly (audio)
: having the character of or suitable to a matron

Example Sentences

She feared she was becoming a matronly old woman. She wore a matronly blue dress.
Recent Examples on the Web In her final years, the queen was often photographed with a wide grin and eyes that crinkled in matronly triumph. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 11 Sep. 2022 Once there, Tânia greets them with matronly authority, taking charge as innkeeper, accountant, and fixer. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Aug. 2022 The wavy coif and puffy jowls of the father disguised as a matronly housekeeper. Madalyn Amato, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2022 Propped up in one of the rooms was an oil portrait of a matronly Lydia Burklin, who died in 1964 at age 80. Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2022 Behind the counter was a matronly woman ladling generous portions of steaming rajma over mounds of fragrant basmati rice into large white ceramic bowls. Washington Post, 4 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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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