Complete Definition of "mother"

see|Mother
wikipedia|Mother (disambiguation)
English

rank|within|room|power|265|mother|often|themselves|half

Pronunciation
a|RP IPA|/ˈmʌðə/, SAMPA|/"[email protected]/
a|US IPA|/ˈmʌðɚ/, SAMPA|/"[email protected]`/
audio|en-us-mother.ogg|Audio (US)
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-ʌðə(r)|-ʌðə(r)
Hyphenation: moth·er

Etymology 1
From ME. term|moder||mother < OE. term|modor|mōdor < PG. *term||mothær < PIE. *term||mater-. Cognates include Modern Gr. term|scGrek|μητέρα|trmētéra, German term|Mutter, Russian term|scCyrl|мать|trmat’, Latin term|mater, Persian term|scfa-Arab|مادر|trmadar|lang=fa, Mycenaean Greek term|ma-te-re, and Sanskrit term|matru.

Adjective
en-adj|-

  1. context|when followed by a surname A title of respect for one's mother-in-law.

#: Mother Smith, meet my cousin, Doug Jones.

Noun
wikipedia
en-noun

  1. A woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child.

#: My sister-in-law has just become a mother.
#: Nutrients and oxygen obtained by the mother are conveyed to the fetus.

  1. One’s female parent.

#: I am visiting my mother today.

  1. figuratively A female ancestor.
  2. figuratively A source or origin, viewed affectionately.

#: The Mediterranean was mother to many cultures and languages.

  1. A female parent of an animal.

#: The lioness was a mother of four cubs.

Synonyms
sense|woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child parent
sense|one’s female parent See WikiSaurus:mother
sense|of or pertaining to the mother, such as metropolis metro-

Quotations
one’s female parent
1988: “He had something of his mother in him, but this was because he realized that in the end only her love was unconditional, and in gratitude he had emulated her.” &mdash; Second Son, Robert Ferro

a woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child
1991: "The antiabortion iconography in the last decade featured the fetus but never the mother." &mdash; The Undeclared War Against American Women, Susan Faludi.

References
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company 2003.

Derived terms
motherfucker
mother-in-law
Mother Earth
Mother City
Mothering Sunday
motherland
Mothers' Day
biological mother
birth mother
foster mother
grandmother, great-grandmother
stepmother
surrogate mother

Translations
trans-top|woman who has, conceives, gives birth to, or raises a child
Afrikaans: formal moeder; informal ma
Albanian: nënë
Arabic: ARchar|أم ('umm) f
Aramaic:

Aragonese: mai f
Armenian: մայր (mayr)
Basque: ama
Belarusian: маці f
Bulgarian: майка f
Catalan: mare f
Crimean Tatar: ana
Croatian: majka, mati
Czech: matka f
Danish: moder, mor c
Dutch: moeder f
Egyptian: (mwt)
Esperanto: patrino
Estonian: ema
Fijian: tina
Finnish: äiti
French: mère f
Frisian: mem f
German: Mutter#German|Mutter f
Greek: μητέρα (mitéra) f, μάνα (mána) f
Ancient Greek: μήτηρ (mētēr) f
Hawaiian: makuahine
Hebrew: אֵם (em) f
Hungarian: t+|hu|anya
Icelandic: mamma f, móðir f
Igbo: nne
Indonesian: ibu, bunda
Inuktitut: ᐊᓈᓇ
trans-mid
Irish: máthair f
Italian: madre#Italian|madre f
Korean: 엄마 (eomma)
Kurdish: dayik f, KUchar|دایک
Latin: mater f
Livonian: jemā, ǟma
Malayalam: അമ്മ (amma) f
Maltese: omm, mamà, ma
Māori: matua wahine
Nepali: Aama
Norwegian: mor c, mamma c, moder c
Novial: matra, patra
Pashto: URchar|مور (mor) f
Persian: FAchar|مادر|مادَر (mādær)
Portuguese: mãe f
Romanian: mamă f
Russian: мать (mat’) f
Scottish Gaelic màthair f
Scots: mither, moder
Sinhala: අම්මා (ammā)
Slovak: matka f
Slovene: mati f
Spanish: madre#Spanish|madre f
Swedish: mor c, moder c
Tagalog: ina
Tocharian A: t|xto|mācar
Tocharian B: t|txb|mācer
Tok Pisin: mama, mami
Turkish: anne
Ukrainian: мати (máty) f
Vietnamese: mẹ
Welsh: mam
Zulu: umama (nc 2)
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trans-top|one’s female parent
Afrikaans: formal moeder; informal ma
Ainu: ハポ (hapo)
Aleut: anax
Apache:
* Chiricahua: -má
* Jicarilla: -’máá
* Lipan: -’má
* Mescalero: -má
* Western Apache: -maa, bąą, bąąhi, -máá
Arabic ARchar|ام|أم (’umm) f
Aramaic:

Aragonese: mai f
Armenian: մայր (mayr), մայրիկ (mayrik)
Belarusian: маці f, матуля f, мама f
Bosnian: majka f, mater f
Bulgarian: майка (májka) f
Catalan: mare
Chinese: 妈妈 (māma)
Crimean Tatar: ana
Czech: matka f
Danish: moder, mor c
Dutch: moeder f
Esperanto: patrino f
Estonian: ema
Finnish: äiti
French: mère f
Frisian: mem f
Georgian: დედა (deda)
German: Mutter#German|Mutter f
Greek: μητέρα (mitéra) f, μάνα (mána) f
Ancient Greek: μήτηρ (mētēr) f
Hebrew: אֵם (em), אמא (imma) f
Hungarian: t+|hu|anya
Hittite: anna c
Icelandic: móðir f
Ido: matro
Interlingua: matre
Inuktitut: ᐊᓈᓇ
trans-mid
Irish: máthair f
Italian: madre#Italian|madre f
Japanese: お母さん (おかあさん, okāsan), 母 (はは, haha)
Korean: 엄마 (eomma), 어머니 (eomeoni)
Kurdish: dayik f, KUchar|دایک
Latin: mater f
Livonian: jemā, ǟma
Lojban: mamta
Malayalam: അമ്മ (amma) f
Navajo: -má, (amá "someone’s mother")
Norwegian: mor c, mamma c, moder c
Novial: matra, patra
Persian: FAchar|مادر|مادَر (mādær)
Polish: matka f
Portuguese: mãe f
Romanian: mamă f
Russian: мать (mat’) f
Sanskrit: मातृ f
Scottish Gaelic màthair f
Scots: mither, moder
Serbian: t|sr|scCyrl|мајка|f, t|sr|majka|f, t|sr|scCyrl|матер|f, t|sr|mater|f
Sinhala: අම්මා (ammā)
Slovak: matka f
Slovene: mati f
Spanish: t|es|madre|f
Sumerian: ama
Tamil: அம்மா (ammā)
Telugu: అమ్మ (ammā)
Tocharian A: t|xto|mācar
Tocharian B: t|txb|mācer
Tok Pisin: mama, mami
Turkish: anne
Ukrainian: мати (máty) f
Vietnamese: má, mẹ, mợ, u
Welsh: mam
Yoruba: ìyá
Zulu: umama (nc 2)
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Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Arabic: ARchar|أم ('umm) f
ttbc|Bengali: (ma, amma) f
ttbc|Breton: mamm f, mammoù p
ttbc|Bulgarian: майка (májka) f
ttbc|Georgian: დედა (deda)
ttbc|Guaraní: sy
trans-mid
ttbc|Indonesian: ibu, bunda, ibunda
ttbc|Malay: emak
ttbc|Maori: whaea, hākui, kōkā, ūkaipō
ttbc|Central Sierra Miwok: unicode|ʔytáˑ-
ttbc|Romanian: mamă f
ttbc|Tamil: அம்மா (ammā)
ttbc|Tupinambá: sy
ttbc|Thai: THchar|แม่ (mae)
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Verb
en-verb

  1. transitive To treat as a mother would be expected to treat her child; to nurture.

Translations
trans-top|to treat as a mother would be expected to
Danish: være mor for, tage sig ordentlig af
Dutch: bemoederen, koesteren
German: bemuttern
trans-mid
Vietnamese: chăm sóc, nuôi, nuôi nấng
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Etymology 2
Calque of Arabic ARchar|ام|أم (’umm, mother).

Noun
en-noun

  1. Something that is the greatest or most significant of its kind.

#: "The great duel, the mother of all battles has begun." — w:Saddam Hussein|Saddam Hussein

Translations
trans-top|something that is the greatest of its kind
Catalan: mare f
Finnish: äiti
German: Mutter f
Hebrew: אֵם (em) f
trans-mid
Latin: maximus
Slovene: mati f
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Etymology 3
Shortened from term|motherfucker

Alternative spellings
mutha

Noun
en-noun

  1. context|coarse|slang motherfucker.

Synonyms
MF, mofo, motherfucker, mutha

Translations
See motherfucker

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