from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The nurturing and raising of a child or children by a mother: "Because they are involved in careers and mothering, many women lead exhausting lives” ( David E. Bloom).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of mother.
  • n. The nurturing of a child by its mother
  • n. The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child
  • n. Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother
  • n. Shortened form of a-mothering (obsolete); practice of visiting one's literal or figurative mother or mother church (compare Mothering Sunday)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rural custom of visiting one's parents and giving them presents on Mid-Lent Sunday: supposed to be derived from the custom in former times of visiting the mother church on that day. Also called midlenting.


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