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1. A married woman or a widow, especially a mother of dignity, mature age, and established social position.
2. A woman who acts as a supervisor or monitor in a public institution, such as a school, hospital, or prison.

[Middle English matrone, from Old French, from Latin mātrōna, from māter, mātr-, mother; see māter- in Indo-European roots.]

ma′tron·al adj.
ma′tron·li·ness n.
ma′tron·ly adv. & adj.


of, characteristic of, or suitable for a matron; staid and dignified in a manner associated with a middle-aged, usually plump, woman
ˈmatronliness n


(ˈmeɪ trən li)

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a matron; mature and dignified.
ma′tron•li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.matronly - befitting or characteristic of a fully mature womanmatronly - befitting or characteristic of a fully mature woman; "her matronly figure"
womanly, feminine - befitting or characteristic of a woman especially a mature woman; "womanly virtues of gentleness and compassion"
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[ˈmeɪtrənlɪ] ADJmatronal, de matrona; [figure] → maduro y algo corpulento


[ˈmeɪtrənli] adj [woman, figure] → imposant(e)matron of honour ndame f d'honneur




[ˈmeɪtrnlɪ] adj (figure, behaviour) → da matrona


(ˈmeitrən) noun
1. a senior nurse in charge of a hospital.
2. a dignified married woman. Her behaviour shocked all the middle-class matrons in the neighbourhood.
ˈmatronly adjective
1. dignified and calm.
2. rather fat. a matronly figure.
References in classic literature ?
The women were both of goodly height, Madame Ratignolle possessing the more feminine and matronly figure.
Men are so helpless, Mother," said Amy, with a matronly air, which delighted her husband.
Biddy looked down at her child, and put its little hand to her lips, and then put the good matronly hand with which she had touched it, into mine.
She was of the same curly-haired, square-faced type as Mary, but handsomer, with more delicacy of feature, a pale skin, a solid matronly figure, and a remarkable firmness of glance.
Cronshaw, hearing her, turned a sheepish eye upon her; she was stout, matronly, and middle-aged; and solemnly kissed his hand to her.
He had "a way with him"--revealed even in the manner with which he caught staid Aunt Janet in his arms, swung her matronly form around as though she had been a slim schoolgirl, and kissed her rosy cheek.
Diana Wright, three years older than when we last saw her, had grown somewhat matronly in the intervening time.
I shall never forget the wise and matronly advice you once gave me, when I lamented being disappointed of a ball, though you could not be then fourteen years old.
I am much obliged to you,' returned the old woman, testifying by a certain restlessness in her hands a vehement desire to shake her matronly fist at her son-in-law.
Such an interview, perhaps, would have been more terrible than even to meet him as she now did, with the hot mid-day sun burning down upon her face, and lighting up its shame; with the scarlet token of infamy on her breast; with the sin-born infant in her arms; with a whole people, drawn forth as to a festival, staring at the features that should have been seen only in the quiet gleam of the fireside, in the happy shadow of a home, or beneath a matronly veil at church.
A little older she looks; her form a little fuller; her air more matronly than of yore; but evidently contented and happy as woman need be.
I dine between twelve and one o'clock; the housekeeper, a matronly lady, taken as a fixture along with the house, could not, or would not, comprehend my request that I might be served at five) - on mounting the stairs with this lazy intention, and stepping into the room, I saw a servant-girl on her knees surrounded by brushes and coal-scuttles, and raising an infernal dust as she extinguished the flames with heaps of cinders.