a woman who takes the place of a mother in raising a child.
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How to use foster mother in a sentence
The early Pali Vinaya texts in the Buddhist canon recount how Buddha thrice rejected the request of his foster mother, Mahaprajapati, to be ordained, before his disciple, Ananda, persuaded him to accept women into the monastic body.
In 1986, after she met a woman who had been a foster mother for several years, Owens looked around her empty living room and thought she could do the same.This woman has fostered 81 infants over three decades: ‘I remember them all’ | Cathy Free | May 6, 2021 | Washington Post
A former public defender and foster mother, she held onto the seat in 2019 but stepped down in December to focus full time on the race.What to know about the 2021 Virginia governor’s race | Laura Vozzella | April 8, 2021 | Washington Post
As he prepared to go into combat, Gutierrez had written to his foster mother.The First American Casualties of our Iraq “Adventure” | Michael Daly | March 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The foster mother of one of the accusers testified about what a sweet little boy he had been.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Three: The Defense Gets Steamrolled | Diane Dimond | June 14, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She described her mother as a scam artist and drug addict who left her to be raised by a foster mother until the age of 12.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73 | Christine Pelisek | January 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
He credits the “Christian” influence of his foster mother, Betsy Shirley, a woman he clearly adores.
So I said to my foster-mother, "Give me the third cake on the griddle until I go after my foster-sisters."The King of Ireland's Son | Padraic Colum
The changeling himself in one of Lady Wilde's tales directs his foster-mother to Fairyland.The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
They had been constantly together for over a year, and his foster-mother had grown very much attached to him.Red Hunters And the Animal People | Charles A. Eastman
When he came, a spell was applied, according to the directions of his foster-mother and certain witches.The Mysteries of All Nations | James Grant
So far from teaching them to climb and build nests behind water-tanks, their foster-mother never got over her astonishment at it.Roof and Meadow | Dallas Lore Sharp
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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