ma·​tron·​ly | \ˈmā-trən-lē \

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.

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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,, "We survived another grueling season of 'The Handmaid's Tale,' but here are 3 things we need from Season 3," 12 July 2018 Calvin Klein’s body boy short reveals nothing and looks sporty, not matronly. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "The Best Underwear for Every Occasion," 12 June 2018 This time around, the now married and newly pregnant Pippa was in demure mint green, a matronly bun under her small hat. Leanne Italie,, "It was all about well-plumed hats for the wedding," 19 May 2018 Two Inuit women, one young and tall, one round and matronly, sang from deep inside their lungs, making a percussive, panting sound, each jumping in as the other gathered her breath. Stephen Rodrick, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Search of Polar Bears, Beluga Whales, and a Song: Cruising the Northwest Passage," 20 Mar. 2018 Bundled in a dark fur coat and hat, Mrs. Aristova, a matronly English teacher, reflected on the two twists in what is expected to be a romp by President Vladimir V. Putin to a fourth presidential term. Neil Macfarquhar, New York Times, "Putin Is Certain to Win Re-election, but His Support May Be Slipping," 16 Mar. 2018 The surrounding players are exaggerated, one-note caricatures; Barrie’s wife is a superficial shrew, her lover is a fop, the grandmother is stern and matronly, the promoter has a perpetual glint in his eye and the actors are campy. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Circus scene is the highlight of a bland 'Neverland'," 21 Feb. 2018 Princess Diana, in a conservative blue skirt suit and neck-tie blouse, was painted as matronly and traditional. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "With Her Clothes, Meghan Markle Is Moving the Monarchy Into a New Age," 11 Jan. 2018 The first Cindy image, on a T-shirt dress, had a reverse of matronly lipsticked mouths appliquéd on pale blue silk. Cathy Horyn, The Cut, "Art and Fashion Do Mix," 30 Sep. 2017

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1630, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of matronly

: like or suitable for an older married woman

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