maternity

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EtymologyEdit

From French maternité, from Latin māternitās.

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  • IPA(key): /məˈtɜː(ɹ)nɪti/
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NounEdit

maternity (countable and uncountable, plural maternities)

  1. The state of being a mother; motherhood.
  2. The state of being pregnant; pregnancy.
  3. A ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born.
    She's working in maternity this month.

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