motherhood

[ muhth-er-hoo d ]
/ ˈmʌð ərˌhʊd /

noun

the state of being a mother; maternity.
the qualities or spirit of a mother.
mothers collectively.

adjective

having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable: legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.

Nearby words

  1. mother-of-thyme,
  2. mother-out-law,
  3. motherboard,
  4. motherese,
  5. motherfucker,
  6. mothering,
  7. mothering sunday,
  8. motherland,
  9. motherless,
  10. motherly

Origin of motherhood

First recorded in 1375–1425, motherhood is from the late Middle English word moderhed. See mother1, -hood

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British Dictionary definitions for motherhood

motherhood

/ (ˈmʌðəˌhʊd) /

noun

the state of being a mother
the qualities characteristic of a mother
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Word Origin and History for motherhood

motherhood

n.

1590s, from mother (n.1) + -hood.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper