3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Maternity \Ma*ter"ni*ty\, noun [F. maternit['e], LL. maternitas.]

1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.

2. The character of a mother; maternal quality; motherliness.

3. The maternity ward; the maternity department of a hospital. [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

maternity \ma*ter"ni*ty\, adjective

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

2. For use during pregnancy; as, a maternity outfit. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus [syn: {pregnancy}, {gestation}, {maternity}]

2: the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother [syn: {motherhood}, {maternity}]

3: 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" [syn: {motherliness}, {maternalism}, {maternal quality}, {maternity}]

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