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Meaning & Definition of Maternal in English

English

Maternal

/mətərnəl/

adjective

1. Characteristic of a mother

  • "Warm maternal affection for her guest"- dorothy sayers
    synonym:
  • maternal

2. Relating to or derived from one's mother

  • "Maternal genes"
    synonym:
  • maternal

3. Relating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent

  • "Parental guidance"
    synonym:
  • parental
  • ,
  • maternal
  • ,
  • paternal

4. Related on the mother's side

  • "My maternal grandmother"
    synonym:
  • enate
  • ,
  • enatic
  • ,
  • maternal(p)