- 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
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Examples from the Web for foster mother
His foster-mother was frightened, and asked: “Where have you been all year long?”The Chinese Fairy Book
The foster-mother, therefore, can have no legal claim to the child.Lotus Buds
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
Advised by his foster-mother, he secures the linen of the youngest and fairest.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
- a woman who looks after or brings up a child or children as a mother, in place of the natural or adoptive mother