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 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, "Send your regrets to Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and Funeral’ (and a sympathy card)," 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, "The Slingback Heel Is Making a Comeback," 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, "Meghan Markle’s Hatch Dress and 3 Other Maternity Brands That Are Actually Chic," 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, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 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,, "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

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1630, in the meaning defined above

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“Matronly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of matronly

: like or suitable for an older married woman

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