Definitions for motherˈmʌð ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

moth•erˈmʌð ər(n.)

  1. a female who has borne offspring; female parent.

  2. (often cap.) one's own mother.

  3. a mother-in-law, stepmother, adoptive mother, or foster mother.

  4. a woman looked upon as a mother, or exercising authority like that of a mother.

  5. a term of familiar address for an elderly woman.

  6. the qualities characteristic of a mother, as maternal affection.

  7. something that gives rise to or exercises protective care over something else.

  8. Category: Religion

    Ref: mother superior.

  9. (adj.)being a mother:

    a mother bird.

  10. pertaining to or characteristic of a mother:

    mother love.

  11. derived from or as if from one's mother; native:

    his mother culture.

  12. bearing a relation like that of a mother, as in being the origin, source, or protector:

    a mother church.

  13. (v.t.)to be the mother of.

  14. to give origin or rise to.

  15. to care for or protect like a mother.

Origin of mother:

bef. 900; ME mother, moder, OE mōdor; c. OFris, OS mōdar, OHG muotar, L māter, Gk mḗtēr, Skt mātar-


moth•erˈmʌð ər(n.)

  1. a stringy, viscid film of yeast cells and various bacteria that forms on a fermenting liquid and is used to ferment other liquids, as in changing cider to vinegar.

    Category: Microbiology

Origin of mother:

1530–40; perh. identical with mother1, but cf. D modder dregs, MLG moder swampy land

moth•er*ˈmʌð ər(n.)

  1. Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: motherfucker.

  2. a person or thing that is very large, powerful, or impressive.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

* Slang: Sometimes Vulgar..

Origin of mother:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother, female parent(noun)

    a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)

    "the mother of three children"

  2. mother(noun)

    a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar

  3. mother(noun)

    a term of address for an elderly woman

  4. mother(noun)

    a term of address for a mother superior

  5. mother(verb)

    a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation

    "necessity is the mother of invention"

  6. mother, fuss, overprotect(verb)

    care for like a mother

    "She fusses over her husband"

  7. beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth(verb)

    make children

    "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. mother(noun)ˈmʌð ər

    sb's female parent

    My mother was born in Germany.


  1. Mother(ProperNoun)

    One's mother

  2. Mother(ProperNoun)

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

  3. Mother(ProperNoun)

    One of the triune goddesses of the Lady in Wicca alongside the Crone and Maiden and representing a woman older than a virginal Maiden but younger than a old woman Crone.

  4. Origin: Shortened from motherfucker

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mother(noun)

    a female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child

  2. Mother(noun)

    that which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix

  3. Mother(noun)

    an old woman or matron

  4. Mother(noun)

    the female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc

  5. Mother(noun)

    hysterical passion; hysteria

  6. Mother(adj)

    received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating

  7. Mother(verb)

    to adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to

  8. Mother(noun)

    a film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation

  9. Mother(verb)

    to become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar


  1. Mother

    A mother is a woman who has raised a child, given birth to a child, and/or supplied the ovum that united with a sperm which grew into a child. Because of the complexity and differences of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to specify a universally acceptable definition for the term. The male equivalent is a father.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #323

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Written Corpus Frequency: #485

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'mother' in Nouns Frequency: #86

Translations for mother

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a female parent, especially human

John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.

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