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

 

maternity

 noun
noun
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 Origin early 17th cent.: from French maternité, from Latin maternus, from mater ‘mother’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: maternity

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