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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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Then there are the dynamic duo, shrewish Scot Aggie MacKenzie, and matronly housekeeper Kim Woodburn, who overact with great aplomb at the dirt, mould and insect infestations, give the offenders a good telling off, then roll their sleeves up (Kim dons her featherdecorated rubber gloves), and they scrub the place from top to bottom.
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I know I've got a topheavy frame, I know not to wear all black and I don't wear polo-neck jumpers as they make me look matronly - so what else can be done?
JUST like you darling," she exclaims to the quiet journo, throwing a matronly arm around the young hack.
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Angela Lansbury gave the character the right combination of understated toughness and matronly warmth.
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