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maternity

Line breaks: ma¦ter|nity
Pronunciation: /məˈtəːnɪti
 
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Definition of maternity in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Motherhood: she is not a woman with an interest in maternity
More 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.
Synonyms
1.1 [usually as modifier] The period during pregnancy and shortly after childbirth: maternity clothes
More example sentences
  • The elevator to the maternity ward took a very long time.
  • Ground level contains maternity outpatient services, with paediatric outpatients above.
  • It's not easy being pregnant and finding nice maternity clothes.

Origin

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

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