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



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːnəti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrnəti//
[uncountable] Hospitals
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the state of being or becoming a mother maternity clothes (= clothes for women who are pregnant) a maternity ward/hospital (= one where women go to give birth to their babies) See related entries: Hospitals Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French maternité, from Latin maternus, from mater ‘mother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: maternity

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