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matronage

[mey-truh-nij, ma-] /ˈmeɪ trə nɪdʒ, ˈmæ-/
noun
1.
the state of being a matron.
2.
guardianship by a matron.
3.
matrons collectively.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; matron + -age
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matronage

/ˈmeɪtrənɪdʒ/
noun
1.
the state of being a matron
2.
supervision or care by a matron
3.
matrons collectively
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