motherhood


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moth·er·hood

 (mŭth′ər-ho͝od′)
n.
1. The state of being a mother.
2. The qualities of a mother.
3. Mothers considered as a group.

motherhood

(ˈmʌðəˌhʊd)
n
1. the state of being a mother
2. the qualities characteristic of a mother

moth•er•hood

(ˈmʌð ərˌhʊd)

n.
1. the state of being a mother.
2. the qualities or spirit of a mother.
3. mothers collectively.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.motherhood - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mothermotherhood - the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
family relationship, kinship, relationship - (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

motherhood

noun
Quotations
"The hand that rocks the cradle"
"Is the hand that rules the world" [William Ross Wallace John O'London's Treasure Trove]
Translations
أُمومَه
mateřství
moderskab
òaî aî vera móîir; móîurhlutverk
analıkannelik

motherhood

[ˈmʌðəhʊd] Nmaternidad f
to prepare for motherhoodprepararse para ser madre

motherhood

[ˈmʌðərhʊd] nmaternité fMothering Sunday [ˌmʌðərɪŋˈsʌndi] n (British) (old-fashioned) (= Mother's Day) → la fête des Mèresmother-in-law [ˈmʌðərɪnlɔː] nbelle-mère f

motherhood

[ˈmʌðəˌhʊd] nmaternità f inv

mother

(ˈmaðə) noun
1. a female parent, especially human. John's mother lives in Manchester; (also adjective) The mother bird feeds her young.
2. (often with capital. also Mother Superior) the female leader of a group of nuns.
verb
to care for as a mother does; to protect (sometimes too much). His wife tries to mother him.
ˈmotherhood noun
the state of being a mother.
ˈmotherless adjective
having no mother. The children were left motherless by the accident.
ˈmotherly adjective
like a mother; of, or suitable to, a mother. a motherly woman; motherly love.
ˈmotherliness noun
ˈmother-country, ˈmotherland (-land) nouns
the country where one was born.
ˈmother-in-lawplural ˈmothers-in-law noun
the mother of one's husband or wife.
ˌmother-of-ˈpearl noun, adjective
(of) the shining, hard, smooth substance on the inside of certain shells.
ˈmother-tongue noun
a person's native language. My mother-tongue is Hindi.

motherhood

n. maternidad.

motherhood

n maternidad f
References in classic literature ?
Meg drew her low chair beside her mother's, and with a little interruption in either lap, the two women rocked and talked lovingly together, feeling that the tie of motherhood made them more one than ever.
From the secure and lofty heights of motherhood, Mrs.
Had there been a Papist among the crowd of Puritans, he might have seen in this beautiful woman, so picturesque in her attire and mien, and with the infant at her bosom, an object to remind him of the image of Divine Maternity, which so many illustrious painters have vied with one another to represent; something which should remind him, indeed, but only by contrast, of that sacred image of sinless motherhood, whose infant was to redeem the world.
She saw herself sink from the sublime height of motherhood to the somber depths of unmodified slavery, the abyss of separation between her and her boy was complete.
As for Aurelia, words could never have expressed her dumb happiness when the real revelation of motherhood was vouchsafed her.
One said she was deformed; another suggested some hidden fault; but the poor girl was really as pure as a saint, as healthy as an infant, and full of loving kindness; Nature had intended her for all the pleasures, all the joys, and all the fatigues of motherhood.
The mother's character, on the other hand, had a strain of poetry in it, a trait of unworldly beauty,--a delicate and dewy flower, as it were, that had survived out of her imaginative youth, and still kept itself alive amid the dusty realities of matrimony and motherhood.
To see a woman made for him and for motherhood to his children juggled away in this tragic travesty--it was a thing to rub one's eyes over, a nightmare, an illusion, a hoax.
The sense of motherhood doubled the strength of the young wife.
The blow of years ago, when you did not return from the atmosphere plant, was lessened to some extent by the duties of motherhood, for your son broke his white shell that very night.
As she took up the little live baby of Alice Clayton she dropped the dead body of her own into the empty cradle; for the wail of the living had answered the call of universal motherhood within her wild breast which the dead could not still.
Pepper, and the rest-- be symbols,--featureless but dignified, symbols of age, of youth, of motherhood, of learning, and beautiful often as people upon the stage are beautiful.