Definitions

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  • adj. Of, or pertaining to, a matron.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a matron; suitable to an elderly lady or to a married woman; grave; motherly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a matron; suitable to an elderly lady or to a married woman; grave; motherly.

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Examples

  • French fashion; in the spring, of the Spanish; in summer, of the fashion of Tuscany, except only upon the holy days and Sundays, at which times they were accoutred in the French mode, because they accounted it more honourable and better befitting the garb of a matronal pudicity.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • As I have previously mentioned, the present matron, after much intercession and with the warden's aid, succeeded, a few months following her accession to the matronal office, in prevailing upon the board of prison directors to grant the women prisoners a monthly walk on God's beautiful green hills.

    Fifteen Years With The Outcast

  • She held the matronal office until health no longer permitted.

    Fifteen Years With The Outcast

  • O grato ristoro di pensieri noiosi, nel cui petto latteo, lucente specchio d'illibata matronal pudicizia, nel cui seno odorato, come in porto damor, si ritira il Giacomo!

    The History of England, from the Accession of James II — Volume 2

  • On the shafts they sunk channels, which bear a resemblance to the folds of a matronal garment.

    The English Mail-Coach and Joan of Arc

  • Tuscany, except only upon the holy days and Sundays, at which times they were accoutred in the French mode, because they accounted it more honourable and better befitting the garb of a matronal pudicity.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 1

  • I, who but a few hours ago had such faith in dreams, and had proposed out of hand to begin my treatise of dreams sleeping and dreams waking, and was pleasing myself with the dialogues between the old matronal lady and the young lady, and with the metamorphoses, (absolutely assured that every thing would happen as my dream chalked it out,) shall never more depend upon those flying follies, those illusions of a fancy depraved, and run mad.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • -- I, who but a few hours ago had such faith in dreams, and had proposed out of hand to begin my treatise of dreams sleeping and dreams waking, and was pleasing myself with the dialogues between the old matronal lady and the young lady, and with the metamorphoses, (absolutely assured that every thing would happen as my dream chalked it out,) shall never more depend upon those flying follies, those illusions of a fancy depraved, and run mad.

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 6

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