maternity Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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maternitynoun [U]

uk   /məˈtɜː.nə.ti/  us   /-ˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/ formal
the ​state of being a ​mother

maternityadjective [before noun]

uk   /məˈtɜː.nə.ti/  us   /-ˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/
related to ​pregnancy and ​birth: maternity clothes
(Definition of maternity from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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maternityadjective [not gradable]

 us   /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/
relating to a ​period during which a woman is ​pregnant and has a ​baby, and often to a ​periodfollowing this: Anita ​passed along some used maternity ​clothes (= ​clothesworn when she was ​pregnant). She ​asked about the company’s maternity ​benefits.

maternitynoun [U]

 us   /məˈtɜr·nɪ·t̬i/
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.
(Definition of maternity from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “maternity”
in Spanish maternidad…
in Vietnamese nhà hộ sinh…
in Malaysian menjadi ibu…
in Thai ความเป็นแม่…
in French (de) maternité…
in German die Mutterschaft…
in Chinese (Simplified) 母亲身份…
in Turkish gebelik, hamilelik…
in Russian предназначенный для беременных, декретный…
in Indonesian bersalin…
in Chinese (Traditional) 母親身分…
in Polish macierzyński, ciążowy, położniczy…
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