Origin of maternity
Examples from the Web for maternity
“He was talking about getting rid of Savannah two weeks off her maternity leave,” says the NBC News type.
Maternity leave and all that stuff is super important to me.
Berman urges pork producers to call them “maternity pens” instead.
Earlier this week, a Daily Beast writer criticized Dita Von Teese's range of new 'sexy' maternity bras for women.
GAZA CITY — A makeshift refugee camp around Shifa Hospital is gradually insinuating itself into the maternity ward.
Some of these preserved within their hearts a generous instinct of maternity, which Julienne easily managed to waken.Juliette Drouet's Love-Letters to Victor Hugo|Louis Guimbaud
Why should the taking of a husband be imposed on these women as the price of their right to maternity?Getting Married|George Bernard Shaw
Cats are greatly sensible of the honour of maternity, and when deprived of their kittens feel very wretched indeed.Cats|W. Gordon Stables
He did not betray his love for the one in loving the other; this new love continued HER maternity.The Hated Son|Honore de Balzac
And he knew, according to Mr. Farwell, more about infant diet than the whole staff of a maternity hospital.A Modern Chronicle, Complete|Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for maternity
Word Origin and History for maternity
1610s, "quality or condition of being a mother," from French maternité "motherhood" (15c.), from Medieval Latin maternitatem (nominative maternitas) "motherhood," from Latin maternus (see maternal). Used from 1893 as a quasi-adjective in reference to garments designed for pregnant women.