a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby.
Words nearby maternity leave
Origin of maternity leave
First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for maternity leave
a period of paid absence from work, in Britain currently six months, to which a woman is legally entitled during the months immediately before and after childbirth
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