What does mother mean?

Definitions for mother
ˈmʌð ərmoth·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mother, female parentnoun

    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. mothernoun

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

  3. mothernoun

    a term of address for an elderly woman

  4. mothernoun

    a term of address for a mother superior

  5. motherverb

    a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation

    "necessity is the mother of invention"

  6. mother, fuss, overprotectverb

    care for like a mother

    "She fusses over her husband"


  1. Mothernoun

    One's mother

  2. Mothernoun

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

  3. Mothernoun

    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. Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Motheradjective

    Had at the birth; native.

    For whatsoever mother wit or art
    Could work, he put in proof. Hubberd’s Tale.

    Where did you study all this goodly speech?
    —— It is extempore, from my mother wit. William Shakespeare.

    Boccace, living in the same age with Geoffrey Chaucer, had the same genius, and followed the same studies: both writ novels, and each of them cultivated his mother tongue. Dryden.

    Cecilia came,
    Inventress of the vocal frame,
    Enlarg’d the former narrow bounds,
    And added length to solemn sounds,
    With nature’s mother wit, and arts unknown before. Dryd.

  2. MOTHERnoun

    Etymology: moðor , Saxon; moder, Danish; moeder, Dutch.

    Let thy mother rather feel thy pride, than fear
    Thy dangerous stoutness. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Come sit down every mother ’s son,
    And rehearse your parts. William Shakespeare.

    I had not so much of man in me,
    But all my mother came into mine eyes,
    And gave me up to tears. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Alas, poor country! It cannot
    Be call’d our mother, but our grave. William Shakespeare.

    The resemblance of the constitution and diet of the inhabitants to those of their mother country, occasion a great affinity in the popular diseases. John Arbuthnot, on Air.

    The strongest branch leave for a standard, cutting off the rest close to the body of the mother plant. John Mortimer, Husb.

    The good of mother church, as well as that of civil society, renders a judicial practice necessary. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    This stopping of the stomach might be the mother; forasmuch as many were troubled with mother fits, although few returned to have died of them. John Graunt, Bills.

    I am come to set at variance the daughter in law against the mother in law. Matth. x. 35.

    If the body be liquid, and not apt to putrefy totally, it will cast up a mother, as the mothers of distilled waters. Francis Bacon.

    Potted fowl, and fish come in so fast,
    That ere the first is out the second stinks,
    And mouldy mother gathers on the brinks. Dryden.

    A sling for a mother, a bow for a boy,
    A whip for a carter. Thomas Tusser, Husbandry.

  3. To Motherverb

    To gather concretion.

    They oint their naked limbs with mother’d oil. Dryden.



    Mother, officially known outside of Japan as EarthBound Beginnings, is a 1989 role-playing video game developed by Ape and Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo for the Famicom. It is the first entry in the Mother series. It is modeled on the gameplay of the Dragon Quest series, but is set in the late 20th-century United States, unlike its fantasy genre contemporaries. Mother follows the young Ninten as he uses his great-grandfather's studies on psychic powers to fight hostile, formerly inanimate objects and other enemies. The game uses random encounters to enter a menu-based, first-person perspective battle system. Writer and director Shigesato Itoi pitched Mother's concept to Shigeru Miyamoto while visiting Nintendo's headquarters for other business. Though Miyamoto rejected the proposal at first, he eventually gave Itoi a development team. A North American version of the game was localized into English, but was abandoned as commercially nonviable. A copy of this prototype was later found and circulated on the Internet under the informal title EarthBound Zero. The game was eventually released globally as EarthBound Beginnings for the Wii U Virtual Console in June 2015 and Nintendo Switch Online in February 2022. Mother was the sixth best-selling game of 1989 in Japan, where it sold about 400,000 copies and received a "Silver Hall of Fame" score from Famitsu magazine. Mother was praised for its similarities to the Dragon Quest series and its simultaneous parody of the genre's tropes; however, many considered its sequel Mother 2: Gīgu no Gyakushū (known outside as EarthBound) to be similar and a better overall implementation of Mother's gameplay ideas, with the game's high difficulty level polarizing critics, along with balance issues. Jeremy Parish of 1UP.com wrote that Mother importantly generated interest in video game emulation and the historical preservation of unreleased games. The game was re-released in Japan on the single-cartridge compilation Mother 1+2 for the Game Boy Advance in 2003.


  1. mother

    A mother is a female parent who conceives, gives birth to, or raises and nurtures children. Mothers play a vital role in providing love, care, guidance, and support to their children, and are often considered a primary caregiver and role model.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mothernoun

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

  2. Mothernoun

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

  3. Mothernoun

    an old woman or matron

  4. Mothernoun

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

  5. Mothernoun

    hysterical passion; hysteria

  6. Motheradjective

    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. Motherverb

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

  8. Mothernoun

    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. Motherverb

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

  10. Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mother

    muth′ėr, n. a female parent, esp. one of the human race: a woman in relation to her child: a matron: that which has produced anything: the female head of a religious house: a familiar term of address to an old woman.—adj. received by birth, as it were from one's mother: natural: acting the part of a mother: originating.—v.t. to adopt as a son or daughter.—ns. Moth′er-church, the church from which others have sprung; Moth′er-coun′try, -land, the country of one's birth: the country from which a colony has gone out; Moth′erhood, state of being a mother; Moth′ering, a rural English custom of visiting one's parents on Mid-Lent Sunday; Moth′er-in-law, the mother of one's husband or wife.—adj. Moth′erless, without a mother.—n. Moth′erliness.—adj. Moth′erly, pertaining to, or becoming, a mother: like a mother: parental: tender.—ns. Moth′er-of-pearl′, the nacreous internal layer of the shells of several molluscs, esp. of the pearl-oyster, so called because producing the pearl; Moth′er's-mark, a birth-mark; Moth′er-tongue, a person's native language: a language from which another has its origin; Moth′er-wa′ter, the residual liquid remaining after the chemical substances it contained have been crystallised or precipitated; Moth′er-wit, native wit: common-sense; Moth′er-wort, a labiate plant growing in waste places; Queen′-moth′er, the mother of a reigning sovereign.—Mother Carey's chicken, the stormy petrel, or other bird of the same family; Mother-Hubbard, a woman's loose flowing gown, like that proper to the nursery heroine.—Every mother's son, all, without exception. [A.S. móder; Dut. moeder, Ice. móðir, Ger. mutter, Ir. and Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mētēr, Sans, mátá, mátri.]

  2. Mother

    muthėr, n. dregs or sediments, as of vinegar.—v.i. to become concreted.—adj. Moth′ery. [Mud.]

Editors Contribution

  1. mother

    A female parent with a maternal instinct who chooses to act with unconditional love, unity, peace and is nonjudgmental and nurturing.

    Our mother is such a beautiful person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

  2. mothernoun

    The natural ability, qualities and acts of every mother to give and share love, nurture, provide and contribute to development of their child or children in a nonjudgmental, fair and just way and to create a united family environment where their child or children have a positive and loving relationship with their father and all their family members

    Every father and mother has the role to unify the family where required.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 21, 2020  

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mother in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of mother in a Sentence

  1. Liberty Mildner:

    Every mom’s situation is different, we need to love them with our resources, our money, but also with our whole lives. Pregnancies are hard and being a mother is hard. The goal is to completely change the culture around motherhood and to see how beautiful it is.

  2. Nancy Friday:

    When I stopped seeing my mother with the eyes of a child, I saw the woman who helped me give birth to myself.

  3. Malala Yousafzai:

    My father and my mother both inspired me to believe in myself. In a society where women's rights are not respected, my parents gave me examples, there's a moment where you have to choose to be silent or to stand up.

  4. Alan Faneca:

    Instinctively I knew I was not going to allow anything to prevent me from fulfilling my dream, epilepsy is part of me, but that does not define me. We are in charge of our destiny. Woodson, who is from Ohio — though Alan Faneca went to Michigan — began by singing praise for Alan Faneca mother, who presented Alan Faneca.

  5. Reina Garay:

    I didn't want to put my mother at risk, we only have each other now.

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