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maternity

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noun ma·ter·ni·ty \mə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Simple Definition of maternity

  • : the state of being a mother

Full Definition of maternity

plural ma·ter·ni·ties

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being a mother :  motherhood b :  the qualities of a mother :  motherliness

  2. 2 :  a hospital facility designed for the care of women before and during childbirth and for the care of newborn babies

Examples of maternity

  1. <she had such maternity at such a young age that all her classmates went to her for comfort>



1611

First Known Use of maternity

1611

Rhymes with maternity


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maternity

adjective ma·ter·ni·ty

Simple Definition of maternity

  • : designed to be worn by a woman who is pregnant

  • : relating to the time when a woman gives birth to a baby

  • —used to refer to an area in a hospital where women who are giving birth to babies are cared for

Full Definition of maternity

  1. 1 :  designed for wear during pregnancy <a maternity dress>

  2. 2 :  effective for the period close to and including childbirth <maternity leave>

1893

First Known Use of maternity

1893




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