HyperDic: maternal

English > 4 senses of the word maternal:
ADJECTIVEallmaternalcharacteristic of a mother
pertmaternalrelating to or derived from one's mother
allmaternal, parental, paternalrelating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent
allmaternal, enate, enaticrelated on the mother's side
maternal > pronunciation
Soundsmahter'nahl
Rhymesabdominal ... zoological: 2115 rhymes with ahl...
English > maternal: 4 senses > adjective 1
Meaningcharacteristic of a mother.
Example"warm maternal affection for her guest"- Dorothy Sayers
Attribute ofmotherliness, maternalism, maternal quality, maternityThe quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
Narrowermaternalisticshowing maternal instincts
motherlikeSuggestive of or acting like a mother
motherlybefitting a mother
See alsomatriarchalcharacteristic of a matriarchy
Oppositepaternalcharacteristic of a father
Spanishmaternal, materno
Catalanmaternal
Nounsmaternitythe quality of having or showing the tenderness and warmth and affection of or befitting a mother
Adverbsmaternallyin a maternal manner
English > maternal: 4 senses > adjective 2, pert
Meaningrelating to or derived from one's mother.
Example"maternal genes"
Spanishmaternal, materno
Catalanmaternal
Nounsmothera woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother)
English > maternal: 4 senses > adjective 3
Meaningrelating to or characteristic of or befitting a parent.
Synonymsparental, paternal
Oppositefilialrelating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
Spanishmatern, maternal, materno, parental, paternal, paterno
Catalanmatern, maternal, parental, patern, paternal
English > maternal: 4 senses > adjective 4
Meaningrelated on the mother's side.
Example"my maternal grandmother"
Synonymsenate, enatic
BroaderrelatedConnected by kinship, common origin, or marriage
Spanishmaternal, materno
Catalanmaternal

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