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MATRON. A married woman, generally an elderly married woman.
     2. By the laws of England, when a widow feigns herself with child, in order to exclude the next heir, and a suppositious birth is expected, then, upon the writ de ventre inspiciendo, a jury of women is to be, impanelled to try the question, whether with child or not. Cro, Eliz. 566. So when a woman was sentenced to death, and she declared herself to be quick with child, a jury of matrons is impanelled to try whether she be or be not with child. 4 Bl. Com. 395. See Pregnancy; Quick with child.

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More than five years later, the comedian is still glad to be rid of her matronly image.
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I haven't always had large boobs, but as I've got older they appear to have increased in size and they make me feel matronly.
To keep it from getting too matronly, she did her hair in a chic bun and kept her face quite fresh and clean.
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I am matronly," the New York Daily News quoted her as blogging on JaneFonda.
Sue Barker still held court in that slightly too posh, too matronly way, and six sportsmen past and present sat in their smartest shirts attempting to look as elated as possible.
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