What does mother mean?

Definitions for mother
ˈmʌð ərmoth·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word 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"

Wiktionary

  1. Mother(ProperNoun)

    One's mother

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  2. Mother(ProperNoun)

    A title given to a nun or a priestess

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

  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.

    Etymology: Shortened from motherfucker

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  2. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  3. Mother(noun)

    an old woman or matron

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  4. Mother(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  5. Mother(noun)

    hysterical passion; hysteria

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  7. Mother(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

  9. Mother(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.]

Freebase

  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. mother

    The natural ability, qualities and acts of every mother to give and share love, nurture, provide and contribute to the 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  

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

How to pronounce mother?

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Numerology

  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. Stephen King:

    His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a black cat crossed his path.

  2. Prince William:

    She's been a little joy of heaven but at the same time, it is more responsibility looking after two little ones, especially when (her older brother) George is around, he's a little monkey. But it's fantastic having a little family. I'm so thrilled. Catherine has been doing an amazing job as a mother and I'm very proud of her.

  3. Ashley Smith:

    Daphne Goujon said.  (Elina Shirazi) It was just about having our own wedding and our own story, something to tell our kids and our grandkids that during this really bizarre time we did something really cool, Chris Goujon added. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Washington, D.C. couple Blake and Ashley Smith decided to have a small ceremony. While they didnt go virtual, the couple says they are planning to hold the full wedding in August. The Smiths said that even though they did not plan on a virtual wedding, they don’t think it’s a bad idea for other couples who don’t want to postpone the date. (Chelsea Photography) The Smiths walk down the aisle in the presence of a few family members. They say they are grateful for the small ceremony they had and plan on having the real thing in a few months. (Chelsea Photography) FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS We were monitoring the news very closely. Just one week prior to our planned wedding date of March 22, the CDC recommended that gatherings of 50 or more be canceled or rescheduled, our wedding had 252 confirmed attendees, even after cancellations. The weight of the global pandemic began to weigh on our hearts and the health of our guests became a huge concern. On the Monday before our wedding, we postponed until August 23. We could not truly celebrate with the possibility of putting the health of our closest friends and family in danger. The silver lining is that we decided that we wanted to still get married. My mother is an ordained minister and performed our wedding ceremony. My father built the backdrop.

  4. That Stonehouse:

    Philip Athill was Philip Athill and an observer, philip Athill was illegitimate and was brought up largely by Philip Athill mother in France, and it later emerged that Philip Athill was gay when Philip Athill had an affair with a male Swedish film star.

  5. Francisco González:

    They were stunned and they were nervous, especially the younger sister, who lives in Ibagué. She thought her search would help her find her mother. She was too little to remember she had a sister when the volcano's eruption happened, so she didn't know anything about her.

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