maternity

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1 maternity /məˈtɚnəti/ noun
1 maternity
/məˈtɚnəti/
noun
Learner's definition of MATERNITY
[noncount]
: the state of being a mother : motherhood compare paternity
2 maternity /məˈtɚnəti/ adjective
2 maternity
/məˈtɚnəti/
adjective
Learner's definition of MATERNITY
always used before a noun
: designed to be worn by a woman who is pregnant
: relating to the time when a woman gives birth to a baby
used to refer to an area in a hospital where women who are giving birth to babies are cared for
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