Mother meaning

mŭthər
The definition of a mother is a woman who gives birth or who has the responsibility of physical and emotional care for specific children.

An example of a mother is a woman who has just given birth to twins.

noun
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To act or serve as a mother.
verb
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Relating to or being a mother.
adjective
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Being the source or origin.

The mother church.

adjective
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Derived from or as if from one's mother; native.

One's mother language.

adjective
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To look after or care for as a mother does.
verb
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To act or serve as a mother.
verb
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The biggest or most significant example of its kind.

The mother of all battles.

noun
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(vulgar slang) Something considered extraordinary, as in disagreeableness, size, or intensity.
noun
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An elderly woman.
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A woman who holds a position of authority or responsibility similar to that of a mother.

A den mother.

noun
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Characteristic of a mother.

Mother love.

adjective
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To be the mother of; give birth to.
verb
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That which gives birth to something, is the origin or source of something, or nurtures in the manner of a mother.
noun
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To act as mother to, as in nourishing and protecting.
verb
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A female parent of an animal.
noun
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A female parent of an animal.
noun
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The female parent of an animal or plant.
noun
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Derived or learned from or as if from one's mother; native.

English is her mother tongue.

adjective
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A woman who creates, originates, or founds something.
noun
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Used as a title for a woman respected for her wisdom and age.
noun
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A creative source; an origin.

Philosophy is the mother of the sciences.

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A woman who has borne a child; esp., a woman as she is related to her child or children.
noun
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Designating a company, institution, etc. from which another or others originated.

Mother church.

adjective
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A female ancestor.
noun
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Maternal love and tenderness.

Brought out the mother in her.

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(obs.) Dregs.
noun
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Of, like, or like that of a mother.
adjective
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A stringy slime composed of yeast cells and bacteria that forms on the surface of fermenting liquids and is added to wine or cider to start the production of vinegar.
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the mother of all
  • something regarded as the biggest, most impressive, or most important of (its kind)
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the mother of all

Origin of mother

  • Probably alteration (influenced by mother) of obsolete Dutch moeder from Middle Dutch probably from moeder mother of children māter- in Indo-European roots

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