UK [ˈmeɪtrənlɪ] / US adjective literary
having the good qualities or the appearance typical of an older married woman or mother

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  • matronly — 1580s (adv.), 1650s (adj.), from MATRON (Cf. matron) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). An earlier adjective was matron like (1570s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • matronly — [adj] womanly dignified, female, honorable, ladylike, mature, motherly, respected, stately; concepts 404,555,574 …   New thesaurus

  • matronly — [mā′trən lē] adj. of, like, characteristic of, or suitable for a matron; specif., a) dignified, sedate, etc. b) having a full figure, graying hair, etc. matronliness n …   English World dictionary

  • matronly — 1. adjective a) In the way of a matron. The matronly woman cared for the sick orphan. b) Exuding authority, wisdom, power, and intelligence of an experienced woman. ...the matronly upper arms girls know about life and love and losing... Janeane… …   Wiktionary

  • matronly — [[t]me͟ɪtrənli[/t]] ADJ GRADED You can use matronly to describe a woman who is fairly fat and looks middle aged, especially if you think the clothes she is wearing are not fashionable or attractive. ...a matronly woman with an air of authority …   English dictionary

  • matronly — /ˈmeɪtrənli/ (say maytruhnlee) adjective of or befitting or characteristic of a matron regarded as typically staid, dignified, and having a full figure: a matronly voice; a matronly figure. –matronliness, noun …  

  • matronly — ma|tron|ly [ˈmeıtrənli] adj used to describe a woman who is fairly fat and no longer young to avoid saying this directly ▪ a matronly woman of 50 …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • matronly — matron ► NOUN 1) a woman in charge of domestic and medical arrangements at a boarding school. 2) a dignified or staid married woman. 3) Brit., dated a woman in charge of nursing in a hospital. 4) chiefly US a female prison officer. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • matronly — adjective Date: 1656 having the character of or suitable to a matron …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • matronly — matronliness, n. /may treuhn lee/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or having the characteristics of a matron; maturely dignified; stately. 2. characteristic of or suitable for a matron. [1650 60; MATRON + LY] * * * …   Universalium

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