What does the word maternal mean?

    Part of speech: adverb

  • Maternally.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Motherly.

Usage examples for maternal

  1. Lettie wore a black lace dress in mourning for one of Leslie's maternal aunts. – The White Peacock by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  2. Mrs. Tarbox felt a sneaking maternal pity for this suddenly stricken Strephon. – From Sand Hill to Pine by Bret Harte
  3. After the execution of his sons, whose lives Herod had so embittered that, guilty or not of the terrible accusation made against them, their fate was deplored by many of their countrymen, he had their dead bodies brought to Alexandrium, and buried by the side of their maternal grandfather, Alexander. – Claimants to Royalty by John H. Ingram