• (RP) IPA: /məˈtɜːnəl/
  • (GA) enPR: mə-tû(r)'nəl, IPA: /məˈtɜɹnəl/


  1. Of or pertaining to a mother#Noun|mother; having the characteristic#Noun|characteristics of a mother; motherly.
    Antonyms: fatherly, paternal
    His weakness seemed to bring out her maternal instincts.
  2. related#Adjective|Related through the mother, or her side#Noun|side of the family.
    Antonyms: paternal
    Toby is my maternal uncle.
  3. (anatomy, medicine) Derived from the mother as opposed to the foetus during pregnancy.
    Antonyms: fetal, foetal
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maternal (plural maternals) (rare)

  1. (dated, informal) A mother#Noun|mother.
  2. A person related#Adjective|related through the mother, or her side#Noun|side of the family; a maternal relative#Noun|relative.

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