Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The state of being a mother.
  • noun The qualities of a mother.
  • noun Mothers considered as a group.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being a mother.
  • noun A clan constituted by kinship through the mother.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a mother; the character or office of a mother.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being a mother.
  • noun Mothers, considered as a group.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother

Etymologies

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