how to pronounce maternity


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the above transcription of maternity is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

maternity is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of maternity in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… to the high-risk maternity unit at …”

meanings of maternity


  1. A ward or department in a hospital in which babies are born.
  2. The state of being pregnant; pregnancy.
  3. The state of being a mother; motherhood.

maternity frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word maternity occurs in english on average 6.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

words that rhyme with maternity


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