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matronly

[mey-truh n-lee] /ˈmeɪ trən li/
adjective
1.
of, relating 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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  • Since her engagement, she has abruptly switched to bright colors and conventional, almost matronly styles.
  • But a few looks being revisited this season risk appearing more matronly than modern.
British Dictionary definitions for matronly

matronly

/ˈmeɪtrənlɪ/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or suitable for a matron; staid and dignified in a manner associated with a middle-aged, usually plump, woman
Derived Forms
matronliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for matronly

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

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