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Meaning & Definition of Maternity in English

English

Maternity

/mətərnɪti/

noun

1. The state of being pregnant

  • The period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
    synonym:
  • pregnancy
  • ,
  • gestation
  • ,
  • maternity

2. The kinship relation between an offspring and the mother

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • motherliness
  • ,
  • maternalism
  • ,
  • maternal quality
  • ,
  • maternity

Examples of using

Mary is on maternity leave.
Mary took maternity leave.
Did you give birth at home or at a maternity hospital?