Definition of mother noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmʌðə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌðər//
    Middle age, Relations
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  1. 1   a female parent of a child or animal; a person who is acting as a mother to a child I want to buy a present for my mother and father. the relationship between mother and baby She's the mother of twins. a mother of three (= with three children) an expectant (= pregnant) mother She was a wonderful mother to both her natural and adopted children. the mother chimpanzee caring for her young See related entries: Middle age, Relations
  2. 2 the title of a woman who is head of a convent (= a community of nuns ) see also Mother Superior
  3. Word OriginOld English mōdor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moeder and German Mutter, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin mater and Greek mētēr.Extra examples Her distraught mother had spent all night waiting by the phone. She felt proud that she had raised four children as a lone mother. She inherited the urge to travel from her mother. The boys were like their father, but Louise took after her mother. The court decided she was an unfit mother. The two boys were like their father in character, but Louise took after her mother. caring for his sick mother his beloved mother the proud mother of the bride She’s the mother of twins. This is my mother, Joan. an expectant motherIdioms
    at your mother’s knee
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    when you were very young I learnt these songs at my mother's knee.
    the mother of (all) something
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    (informal) used to emphasize that something is very large, unpleasant, important, etc. I got stuck in the mother of all traffic jams.
    necessity is the mother of invention
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    (saying) a difficult new problem forces people to think of a solution to it
    old enough to be somebody’s father/mother
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    (disapproving) very much older than somebody (especially used to suggest that a romantic or sexual relationship between the two people is not appropriate)
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