Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To render matronly.
  • To act as a mother to; assume the manner of a matron toward; specifically, to chaperon.
  • Also spelled matronise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To make a matron of; to make matronlike.
  • transitive verb To act the part of a matron toward; to superintend; to chaperone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To make a matron of; to make matron-like.
  • verb transitive To act the part of a matron toward; to superintend or chaperone.

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

matron +‎ -ize

Examples

  • a girl as any of the party which she was nominally to "matronize;" but

    A Little Country Girl

  • Lambskin, who might, from the gravity and dignity of her appearance, have sufficed to matronize a whole boarding-school, instead of one maiden lady of eighty and upwards.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • There were seven of us: my sister Sarah, who was to matronize the party; Miss Bessie; three of her girl friends; the Rev. Thomas Conrad Porter, then a Presbyterian pastor in Macon, but later

    Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America

  • "My art is my chaperon," she wrote to an elderly relative who wished to come to Boston and matronize her.

    The Pagans

  • She chose to buy herself a fine house, and, having furnished it luxuriously and unearthed a cousin of her father's in Vermont and brought her to Boston to matronize her, she kept house on a magnificent scale, pinching, however, at certain points with unexpected meanness.

    A Modern Instance

  • The next day Mrs. Milray was able to take leave of her husband, in setting off to matronize a coaching party, with an exuberance of good conscience that she shared with the spectators.

    Ragged Lady — Volume 1

  • The next day Mrs. Milray was able to take leave of her husband, in setting off to matronize a coaching party, with an exuberance of good conscience that she shared with the spectators.

    Ragged Lady — Complete

  • It's worth while to have a young and attractive sister to matronize.

    To Warn, To Comfort, and Command. Part Third.

  • It's worth while to have a young and attractive sister to matronize.

    THE WOMAN'S ADVOCATE

  • It's worth while to have a young and attractive sister to matronize.

    The Woman's Advocate.

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  • She vowed then and there to never matronize another establishment that required their female employees to dress provocatively.

    December 5, 2011