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English definition of “maternity”

maternity

noun [U] uk   /məˈtɜː.nə.ti/ us    /-ˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/ formal
the state of being a mother

maternity

adjective [before noun] uk   /məˈtɜː.nə.ti/ us    /-ˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/
related to pregnancy and birth: maternity clothes
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