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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of maternity

plural

maternities

  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 in a sentence

  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


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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

Rhymes with maternity



MATERNITY Defined for Kids

maternity

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noun ma·ter·ni·ty \mə-ˈtər-nə-tē\

Definition of maternity for Students

  1. :  the state of being a mother



Word Root of maternity

The Latin word mater, meaning “mother,” gives us the root mater or matr. Anyone or anything maternal, such as a grandparent, is related through the mother's side of the family. Maternity is the state of being a mother. A matriarch is a woman who is the mother and head of a family. A matron is a married woman who may be a mother.


Medical Dictionary

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maternity

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noun ma·ter·ni·ty \mə-ˈtər-nət-ē\

Medical Definition of maternity

plural

maternities

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




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maternity

adjective ma·ter·ni·ty

Medical Definition of maternity

  1. 1:  being or providing care during and immediately before and after childbirth <maternity care> <a maternity unit>

  2. 2:  designed for wear during pregnancy <maternity clothes>

  3. 3:  effective for the period close to and including childbirth <maternity leave>





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