What does maternity mean?

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

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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.

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. John Seago:

    The Legislature wants to spend money on helping pregnant women and families through things like adoption, maternity homes, pregnancy resources centers and other social services -- in addition to just saying no to pay for the abortion.

  2. 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.

  3. Volodymyr Zelenskyy:

    An aerial bomb on a maternity hospital is the conclusive evidence that what is happening is a genocide of Ukrainians.

  4. Dmytro Kuleba:

    Unfortunately, I can confirm that the Russian leadership, including Minister Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, live in their own reality, russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told me looking in my eyes that the pictures of pregnant women being taken from under the rubble of the maternity house are fake.

  5. Karen Dunn:

    Huma Abedin is widely known as one of the hardest working and most dedicated public servants over the nearly two decades she served. The IG's report is fundamentally flawed, including contradicting its own conclusion by proving that Huma worked hard even while on maternity leave, no hardworking, dedicated public servant should be subjected to irresponsible allegations based on a fundamentally flawed report and the State Department has undertaken a review of the report. Huma has been nothing but cooperative in helping the Department work through its record keeping issues, and she will continue to do so in the hope the right thing is done.

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