Mother en


Mother meaning

Mothers are women who inhabit or perform the role of bearing some relation to their children, who may or may not be their biological offspring. Thus, dependent on the context, women can be considered mothers by virtue of having given birth, by raising their child(ren), supplying their ovum for fertilization, or some combination thereof. Such conditions provide a way of delineating the concept of motherhood, or the state of being a mother. Women who meet the third and first categories usually fall under the terms 'birth mother' or 'biological mother', regardless of whether the individual in question goes on to parent their child. Accordingly, a woman who meets only the second condition may be considered an adoptive mother, and those who meet only the third a surrogacy mother.


  1. (noun) A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation.
  2. (noun) Hysterical passion; hysteria.
  3. (noun) That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix.
  4. (noun) An old woman or matron.
  5. (a.) Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating.
  6. (noun) A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child.
  7. (noun) The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc.
  8. (v. i.) To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar.
  9. (v. t.) To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to.
Word: moth·er
Pronunciation of mother: 'm&-[th]&r
Function of mother: noun
Origin of mother: Middle English moder, from Old English mOdor; akin to Old High German muoter mother, Latin mater, Greek mEtEr, Sanskrit mAtr
1 a : a female parent b (1) : a woman in authority; specifically : the superior of a religious community of women (2) : an old or elderly woman
2 : SOURCE, ORIGIN <necessity is the mother of invention>
3 : maternal tenderness or affection
4 [short for motherfucker] sometimes vulgar : one that is particularly impressive or contemptible
- moth·er·hood /-"hud/ noun
- moth·er·less /-l&s/ adjective
- moth·er·less·ness noun

Synonyms of mother

Beget, Engender, Father, Fuss, Generate, Get, Sire,

Antonyms of mother

Begetter, Father,