Definition of maternity in English:

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Pronunciation: /məˈtərnədē/


Example sentences
  • DNA testing was done on the biological mothers to confirm maternity of the children who participated.
  • But it's maternity and motherhood that are the issues closest to her heart and first off her tongue.
  • The National Birth & Motherhood Survey 2002 paints a grim picture of modern maternity.
1.1 [usually as modifier] The period during pregnancy and shortly after childbirth: maternity clothes
More example sentences
  • It's not easy being pregnant and finding nice maternity clothes.
  • And for you women who've been pregnant and worn maternity pants, you know how ridiculous those things look.
  • Speaking of being large and in charge, let us talk for a moment about the issue of maternity clothes.


Early 17th century: from French maternité, from Latin maternus, from mater 'mother'.

Words that rhyme with maternity

confraternity, eternity, fraternity, modernity, paternity, taciturnity

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Syllabification: ma·ter·ni·ty

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