What does maternity mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word maternity.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pregnancy, gestation, maternity(noun)

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

  2. motherhood, maternity(noun)

    the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother

  3. motherliness, maternalism, maternal quality, maternity(noun)

    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. Maternity(n.)

    The maternity ward; the maternity department of a hospital.

  2. maternity(a.)

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

  3. maternity(a.)

    For use during pregnancy; as, a maternity outfit.


  1. maternity(Noun)

    The state of being a mother; motherhood.

  2. maternity(Noun)

    The state of being pregnant; pregnancy.

  3. maternity(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maternity(noun)

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

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

How to pronounce maternity?

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How to say maternity in sign language?

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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. Hillary Clinton:

    Really? Take away maternity care? who do these people talk to?

  2. Russell Viner:

    We need a renewed focus on maternity and early child development.

  3. Jill Jayne:

    I ’m coming back from maternity leave, so I was looking for ways to sort of reintegrate myself into society.

  4. Christine Ross:

    She's done a lot of bespoke pieces, a lot of customization pieces that aren't maternity at all and it's really been a difference.

  5. Kristie Small:

    I was doing an excellent job and then these problems did not start to occur until the email when I asked him to go over his maternity leave policy.

Images & Illustrations of maternity

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Translations for maternity

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  • porodnické odděleníCzech
  • μητρότητα, εγκυμοσύνη, μαιευτήριοGreek
  • patrinecoEsperanto
  • synnytysosasto, äitiysFinnish
  • maternitàItalian
  • maternitatemLatin
  • moederschap, materniteitDutch
  • ciąża, porodówka, macierzyństwoPolish

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