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matronly

[mey-truh n-lee] /ˈmeɪ trən li/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a matron; maturely dignified; stately.
2.
characteristic of or suitable for a matron.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; matron + -ly
Related forms
matronliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matronliness

matronly

1580s (adv.), 1650s (adj.), from matron + -ly (2). An earlier adjective was matron-like (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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