matronage

matronage

[mey-truh-nij, ma-]
noun
1.
the state of being a matron.
2.
guardianship by a matron.
3.
matrons collectively.

Origin:
1765–75; matron + -age

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matronage (ˈmeɪtrənɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  the state of being a matron
2.  supervision or care by a matron
3.  matrons collectively

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