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Language: Old English
Origin: modor

mother

1 noun
     
moth‧er1 S1 W1 [countable]
1 a female parent of a child or animal:
His mother and father are both doctors.
mother of two/three etc (=mother of two/three etc children)
Janet is a full-time teacher and a mother of two.
the relationship between mother and child
Goodnight, Mother.
Mother said they'd met at university.
If food is scarce, the mother will feed the smaller, weaker chicks.
mother cat/bird/hen etc (=an animal that is a mother)
2

be (like) a mother to somebody

to care for someone as if you were their mother:
She's like a mother to them. If they need anything she always helps out.
3

like a mother hen

if someone behaves like a mother hen, they try to protect their children too much and worry about them all the time
4

learn/be taught something at your mother's knee

to learn something when you are a very young child:
the prayers which he had been taught at his mother's knee
5

the mother of something

a) the origin or cause of something:
Westminster is known as 'the mother of parliaments'.
Necessity is the mother of invention (=people have good ideas when the situation makes it necessary).
b) informal a very severe or extreme type of something, usually something bad:
I woke up with the mother of all hangovers.
6 spoken especially American English something very large and usually very good:
a real mother of a car
7 American English taboo spoken motherfucker
8

Mother

RRC used to address the woman who is in charge of a convent

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