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matron

Brit the former name for the administrative head of the nursing staff in a hospital
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Her older sister, Margaret, was matronly and dignified, probably from having assumed matronly and housewifely responsibilities too early in life, their mother having died when they were quite young, Margaret was not effusive; she was practical.
In this situation she was descried by her discreet matronly cousin, who lost no time in coming up, having just given the baby into her husband's charge.
Lynde was behind her, sonsy, kindly, matronly, as of yore.
Hay Denver was tall and stout, with a bright, round, ruddy-cheeked face still pretty, with a gracious, matronly comeliness.
Mary, a matronly young blonde, was washing dishes in the little back room that served for kitchen and dining room.
On her way home she again glanced up at the Wilcoxes' flat, and took the rather matronly step of speaking about the matter to Helen.
Whereunto Bella replied, with probably the least successful attempt at looking matronly that ever was seen: 'Indeed, I think so, John, dear.
I'm a matronly 51-year-old, cutting a sturdy figure on an equally sturdy bike.
For some cosy crime drama, matronly detective Hettie finds trouble in the seemingly most innocent of places.
But she has got to overcome two formidable opponents first - geeky Andrew Smyth and matronly Jane Beedle.
Natalia created Mommylicious during he second pregnancy, deciding to never again sacrifice her style and wallet for the matronly maternity wear that scoured the market.
MAW BROON She's matronly and formidable, which makes Elaine C Smith a shoo-in.