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ma·ter·ni·ty

 (mə-tûr′nĭ-tē)
n. pl. ma·ter·ni·ties
1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. The feelings or characteristics associated with being a mother; motherliness.
3. A maternity ward.
adj.
Relating to or effective during pregnancy, childbirth, or the first months of motherhood: a maternity dress; maternity leave.

[French maternité, from Medieval Latin māternitās, from Latin māternus, maternal; see maternal.]

maternity

(məˈtɜːnɪtɪ)
n
1. motherhood
2. the characteristics associated with motherhood; motherliness
3. (modifier) relating to pregnant women or women at the time of childbirth: a maternity ward.

ma•ter•ni•ty

(məˈtɜr nɪ ti)

n.
1. the state of being a mother.
2. motherly quality; motherliness.
3. a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborns.
adj.
4. applicable for mothers before, during, and after childbirth: maternity leave.
5. suitable for wear by pregnant women: maternity clothes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.maternity - the state of being pregnantmaternity - the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
fetal movement, foetal movement - motion of a fetus within the uterus (usually detected by the 16th week of pregnancy)
amnio, amniocentesis - (pregnancy) extraction by centesis of amniotic fluid from a pregnant woman (after the 15th week of pregnancy) to aid in the diagnosis of fetal abnormalities
stretch mark - a narrow band resulting from tension on the skin (as on abdominal skin after pregnancy)
endometrium - (pregnancy) the mucous membrane that lines the uterus; thickens under hormonal control and (if pregnancy does not occur) is shed in menstruation; if pregnancy occurs it is shed along with the placenta at parturition
segmentation, cleavage - (embryology) the repeated division of a fertilised ovum
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
trouble - an unwanted pregnancy; "he got several girls in trouble"
gravidation, gravidity, gravidness - technical terms for pregnancy
gravida - the number of the pregnancy that a woman is in; "in her third pregnancy a woman is said to be gravida three"
para, parity - (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered; "the parity of the mother must be considered"; "a bipara is a woman who has given birth to two children"
eccyesis, ectopic gestation, ectopic pregnancy, extrauterine gestation, extrauterine pregnancy, metacyesis - pregnancy resulting from gestation elsewhere than in the uterus
entopic pregnancy - pregnancy resulting from normal gestation in the uterus
quickening - the stage of pregnancy at which the mother first feels the movements of the fetus
childbed, confinement, lying-in, parturiency, travail, labour, labor - concluding state of pregnancy; from the onset of contractions to the birth of a child; "she was in labor for six hours"
placenta previa - pregnancy in which the placenta is implanted in the lower part of the uterus (instead of the upper part); can cause bleeding late in pregnancy; delivery by cesarean section may be necessary
phlebothrombosis, venous thrombosis - thrombosis of a vein without prior inflammation of the vein; associated with sluggish blood flow (as in prolonged bedrest or pregnancy or surgery) or with rapid coagulation of the blood
morning sickness - nausea early in the day; a characteristic symptom in the early months of pregnancy
2.maternity - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mothermaternity - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
3.maternity - the quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mothermaternity - 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"
parental quality - a quality appropriate to a parent

maternity

noun motherhood, parenthood, motherliness She had experienced maternity herself.
Translations
اُمومَه
mateřskýmateřství
fødsels-graviditets-moderskab
móîerni, óléttu-, móîur-
motinystė
dzemdību namsgrūtnieces apģērbsmaternity clothesmātes stāvoklis
doğumhamilelik

maternity

[məˈtɜːnɪtɪ]
A. Nmaternidad f
B. CPD maternity allowance Nsubsidio m de maternidad
maternity dress Nvestido m premamá
maternity home, maternity hospital Nmaternidad f
maternity leave Nbaja f por maternidad
maternity ward Nsala f de maternidad

maternity

[məˈtɜːrnɪti]
nmaternité f
modif [trousers, bra] → de grossesse
maternity clothes → vêtements mpl de grossesse
maternity dress → robe f de grossessematernity benefit n (British)allocation f de maternitématernity hospital nmaternité fmaternity leave ncongé m de maternité
to be on maternity leave → être en congé de maternitématernity pay n (British) salaire versé pendant le congé de maternitématernity ward nservice m d'obstétrique, obstétrique f

maternity

nMutterschaft f; the idea of maternity never appealed to hersie konnte sich nicht mit dem Gedanken befreunden, Mutter zu werden

maternity

:
maternity allowance, maternity benefit
n (Brit) → Mutterschaftshilfe f, → Mutterschaftsgeld nt
maternity dress
nUmstandskleid nt
maternity home, maternity hospital
nEntbindungsheim nt
maternity leave
maternity pay
n (Brit) → Mutterschaftsgeld nt (als Lohnfortzahlung)
maternity unit
maternity ward

maternity

[məˈtɜːnɪtɪ]
1. nmaternità f inv
2. adjdi maternità

maternity

(məˈtəːnəti) noun
(usually as adjective) the state of being or becoming a mother. a maternity hospital; maternity clothes.

ma·ter·ni·ty

n. maternidad;
___ hospitalhospital de ___.

maternity

n maternidad f
References in classic literature ?
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He is a man to fear scandal, and if he has given you a chance to put him in the pillory--in short, understand; threaten him with the ladies of the Maternity Hospital.
It will not be well for you to permit Tars Tarkas to learn that you hold such degenerate sentiments, as I doubt that he would care to entrust such as you with the grave responsibilities of maternity.
There is a sentiment arising, and it will grow, against connubial jealousy, against fierce maternity, against passion of all sorts; unnecessary things now, and things that make us uncomfortable, savage survivals, discords in a refined and pleasant life.
young Spring Lies on the threshold of maternity, And still he comes not.
Monsieur," replied the count, with a chilling air, "I am very happy to have been the means of preserving a son to his mother, for they say that the sentiment of maternity is the most holy of all; and the good fortune which occurred to me, monsieur, might have enabled you to dispense with a duty which, in its discharge, confers an undoubtedly great honor; for I am aware that M.
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Winterbourne observed to himself that this was a very different type of maternity from that of the vigilant matrons who massed themselves in the forefront of social intercourse in the dark old city at the other end of the lake.
Her pure, red lips half smiled; her serene and candid brow became troubled, at intervals, under her thoughts, like a mirror under the breath; and from beneath her long, drooping, black eyelashes, there escaped a sort of ineffable light, which gave to her profile that ideal serenity which Raphael found at the mystic point of intersection of virginity, maternity, and divinity.
His sister, Miss Graves, who kept house for him, gave up her secretaryship of the Maternity Club, which provided the pregnant poor with flannel, baby linen, coals, and five shillings.
She seemed a compound of the autumn leaves and the winter sunshine; less poetically speaking, she showed both gentleness and strength, an indefinable promise of soft maternity blending with her evident fitness for honest labor.