Maternal Definition

Of, like, or characteristic of a mother or motherhood; motherly.
Webster's New World
Derived, received, or inherited from a mother.
Webster's New World
Related through the mother's side of the family.
Maternal grandparents.
Webster's New World
Pertaining to one’s mother.
Webster's New World Law

Origin of Maternal

  • Middle English from Old French maternel from Medieval Latin māternālis from Latin māternus from māter mother māter- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French maternel or post-Classical Latin māternālis (“maternal"), from māternus (“maternal"), from māter (“mother").

    From Wiktionary

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