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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

MATERN'ITY, n. The character or relation of a mother.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun (plural -ties) Date: 1611 1. a. the quality or state of being a mother ; motherhood b. the qualities of a mother ; motherliness 2. a hospital facility designed for the care of women before and during childbirth and for the care of newborn babies II. adjective Date: 1893 1. designed for wear during pregnancy <a maternity dress> 2. effective for the period close to and including childbirth <maternity leave>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 motherhood. 2 motherliness. 3 (attrib.) a for women during and just after childbirth (maternity hospital; maternity leave). b suitable for a pregnant woman (maternity dress; maternity wear). Etymology: F maternité f. med.L maternitas -tatis f. L maternus f. mater mother

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Maternity Ma*ter"ni*ty, n. [F. maternit['e], LL. maternitas.] The state of being a mother; the character or relation of a mother.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Maternity is used to describe things relating to the help and medical care given to a woman when she is pregnant and when she gives birth. Your job will be kept open for your return after maternity leave... ...maternity clothes. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Motherhood.

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affiliation, agnation, alliance, ancestry, blood, blood relationship, brotherhood, brothership, cognation, common ancestry, common descent, connection, consanguinity, cousinhood, cousinship, enation, fatherhood, filiation, fraternity, kindred, kinship, maternalness, matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, motherhood, motherliness, mothership, parenthood, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, pregnancy, propinquity, relation, relationship, sibship, sisterhood, sistership, ties of blood

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