Meaning of “maternity” in the English Dictionary

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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 period following this:

Anita passed along some used maternity clothes (= clothes worn 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)