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foster mother

a woman who takes the place of a mother in raising a child.
a nurse.
Origin of foster mother
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The two lads separated, and Jack turned to his foster mother.

    Young Captain Jack

    Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • Jeanne hugged her foster mother in a transport of joy and affection.

    A Little Girl in Old Detroit

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • And, my dear, love us all as truly as you loved your foster mother.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • The Arabs recognize this tie of a child to its foster mother.


    William Graham Sumner
  • No foster mother in the world would love a child who looked like that.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • I told him that I was offering it as a token of affection to my foster mother.

    Nobody's Boy Hector Malot
British Dictionary definitions for foster mother

foster mother

a woman who looks after or brings up a child or children as a mother, in place of the natural or adoptive mother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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