mother Definition

  • 1a female parent who gives birth to or raises a child
  • 2a woman who provides care and protection to someone or something

Using mother: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mother" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    My mother is a doctor.

  • Example

    She acted as a mother to the orphaned children.

  • Example

    The mother bird was feeding her chicks.

  • Example

    The company is like a mother to its employees.

mother Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for mother

Idioms Using mother

  • like mother, like daughter

    daughters tend to behave like their mothers


    She has the same sense of humor as her mother. Like mother, like daughter.

  • a face that is considered unattractive by most people


    He's not conventionally handsome, but his mother thinks he's the most handsome man in the world. A face only a mother could love.

  • to be overprotective and overly concerned about someone's welfare


    She's always fussing over her friends, making sure they're okay. She's such a mother hen.

Phrases with mother

  • a mother who works outside the home while also raising her children


    Being a working mother can be challenging, but it's also rewarding.

  • the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood


    Her mother tongue is Spanish, but she is fluent in English as well.

  • a principal vein or zone of gold or silver ore, or colloquially the real/abundant source of something valuable or in great abundance


    The discovery of the mother lode brought a rush of prospectors to the area.

Origins of mother

from Middle English 'moder', from Old English 'mōdor', of Germanic origin


Summary: mother in Brief

The term 'mother' [ˈmʌðər] refers to a female parent who gives birth to or raises a child, or a woman who provides care and protection to someone or something. It includes phrases like 'working mother' and 'mother tongue,' and idioms like 'like mother, like daughter,' which implies daughters tend to behave like their mothers. The phrase 'a face only a mother could love' denotes an unattractive face, and 'to be a mother hen' means to be overprotective.

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