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maternity

adjective [not gradable]  /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/ us  
relating to a period during which a woman is pregnant and has a baby, and often to a period following this: Anita passed along some used maternity clothes (= clothes worn when she was pregnant). She asked about the company’s maternity benefits.

maternity

noun [U]  /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/ us  
the state of being a mother: issues of reproduction, maternity, and women’s health Maternity leave is a period in which a woman is allowed to be absent from work in the weeks before and after she gives birth.
Translations of “maternity”
in Spanish maternidad…
in French (de) maternité…
in German die Mutterschaft…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母親身分…
in Russian предназначенный для беременных, декретный…
in Turkish gebelik, hamilelik…
in Chinese (Simplified) 母亲身份…
in Polish macierzyński, ciążowy, położniczy…
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