What does maternity mean?

Definitions for maternity
məˈtɜr nɪ tima·ter·ni·ty

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word maternity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pregnancy, gestation, maternitynoun

    the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus

  2. motherhood, maternitynoun

    the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother

  3. motherliness, maternalism, maternal quality, maternitynoun

    the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother

    "the girl's motherliness made her invaluable in caring for the children"


  1. Maternitynoun

    The maternity ward; the maternity department of a hospital.

  2. maternityadjective

    Of or pertaining to childbirth or the period during which a woman is pregnant; as, maternity care; a maternity hospital.

  3. maternityadjective

    For use during pregnancy; as, a maternity outfit.


  1. maternitynoun

    The state of being a mother; motherhood.

  2. maternitynoun

    The state of being pregnant; pregnancy.

  3. maternitynoun

    A ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maternitynoun

    The character or relation of a mother.

    Etymology: maternité, French, from maternus, Lat.


  1. maternity

    Maternity refers to the state, period or process of being a mother, particularly during pregnancy, childbirth, and the period immediately following birth. It is often specifically associated with the provision of care and benefits during this period, as in "maternity leave" - a period of absence from work granted to a mother before and after the birth of her child.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maternitynoun

    the state of being a mother; the character or relation of a mother

  2. Etymology: [F. maternit, LL. maternitas.]

Editors Contribution

  1. maternity

    The fact of being pregnant.

    The maternity clothes were of a wide variety in contrast to years ago.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 26, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maternity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maternity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of maternity in a Sentence

  1. Mauricio Avendano:

    The very significant message of this paper is that there is a potential for maternity leave benefit programs to have a real long-term effect on the mental health of women and that the effects of maternity leave benefits are not only short-lived ... they are likely to extend for many decades.

  2. President Biden:

    Putin is inflicting appalling, appalling devastation and horror onUkraine, bombing apartment buildings, maternity wards, hospitals. I mean, it's god-awful, the world is united in our support for Ukraine and our determination to make Putin pay a very heavy price.

  3. Arnon Wiznitzer:

    This is the first mother to be diagnosed with influenza and corona in Beilinson. We treated her with a drug combination that targets both corona and flu, we are seeing more and more morbidity of influenza among the maternity population, along with cases of corona that mainly occur in women not vaccinated against corona and influenza.

  4. Elizabeth Langen:

    Those of us who work in the maternity care space have known that this is a problem in our country for quite a long time. And each time the new statistics come out, we’re hopeful that some of the efforts that have been going on are going to shift the direction of this trend. It’s really disappointing to see that the trend is not going in the right direction but, at some level, is going in the worst direction and at a little bit of a faster rate, in the health care system, we need to accept ultimate responsibility for the women who die in our care.

  5. James Liang:

    Women will be even more worried about their careers if they take a longer maternity leave -- and if the maternity leave is paid by the company.

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