Pronunciation: (mu-tûr'ni-tē),[key] —n. 1. the state of being a mother; motherhood.
2. motherly quality; motherliness.
3. a section of a hospital devoted to the care of women at childbirth and of their newborn infants.
—adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or for the period in which a woman is pregnant or has just given birth to a child.
2. for mothers during and after childbirth or for the care of their newborn babies: a maternity hospital. 3. for wear by pregnant women: maternity clothes.