(in the British National Insurance scheme) a payment (maternity allowance) made to a pregnant woman who usually works but does not qualify for statutory maternity pay, normally from 11 weeks before confinement for a period of 18 weeks; there is also a flat-rate benefit (maternity grant) for those on low incomes
- Maternity ward
maternity ward n. The department of a hospital that provides care for women during pregnancy and childbirth as well as for newborn infants.
noun 1. a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby. noun 1. a period of paid absence from work, in Britain currently six months, to which a woman is legally entitled during the months immediately before and after childbirth
verb to act as a mother, to have motherly qualities Word Origin maternal + -ize
[mey-ter] /ˈmeɪ tər/ noun, plural maters, matres [mey-treez] /ˈmeɪ triz/ (Show IPA) 1. British Informal. 1 . 2. the backing holding the movable parts of an astrolabe. /ˈmeɪtə/ noun 1. (Brit, public school slang, often facetious) a word for mother1