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foster mother

noun
  1. a woman who takes the place of a mother in raising a child.
  2. a nurse.
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Origin of foster mother

before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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Examples from the Web for foster mother

Historical Examples

  • His foster-mother was frightened, and asked: “Where have you been all year long?”

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • The foster-mother, therefore, can have no legal claim to the child.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • The foster-mother offered now to adopt the child and bring it up as her own.

    Women's Wild Oats

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Is it my foster-mother who comes here so lightly, so gently, so softly?

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • Advised by his foster-mother, he secures the linen of the youngest and fairest.

    The Science of Fairy Tales

    Edwin Sidney Hartland


British Dictionary definitions for foster mother

foster mother

noun
  1. a woman who looks after or brings up a child or children as a mother, in place of the natural or adoptive mother
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