Definition of Mothering

1. n. A rural custom in England, of visiting one's parents on Midlent Sunday, -- supposed to have been originally visiting the mother church to make offerings at the high altar.

Definition of Mothering

1. Verb. (present participle of mother) ¹

2. Noun. The nurturing of a child by its mother ¹

3. Noun. The protective behaviour of a mother towards her child ¹

4. Noun. Nurturing or protective behaviour reminiscent of that performed by a literal mother ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) Shortened form of a-mothering (obsolete) ; practice of visiting one's literal or figurative mother or mother church (compare Mothering Sunday) ¹

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Definition of Mothering

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Literary usage of Mothering

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1. Observations on Popular Antiquities Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our by John Brand, Henry Ellis (1900)
"MID-LENT SUNDA Y. mothering. N former days it was the custom for people to visit ... Nay, it seems to be called mothering from the respect so paid to the ..."

2. Gloucestershire Notes and Queries: An Illustrated Quarterly Magazine Devoted edited by William Phillimore Watts Phillimore, Sidney Joseph Madge (1890)
"To the sorrow of heart of many, mothering Sunday, March 11, ... I imagine that mothering Sunday about half a century ago was also observed by middle-class ..."

3. The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine (1911)
"mothering ON PERILOUS (KENTUCKY MOUNTAIN SKETCHES) II. THE PURE SCHOLAR BY LUCY FURMAN Author of " Stories of a Sanctified Town " JOAB ATKINS, fourteen, ..."

4. New Curiosities of Literature: And Book of the Months by George Soane (1849)
"mothering Sunday may involve a question ; yet it seems highly probable that it came in the first instance from the Roman Hilaria,* a festival held by the ..."

5. British Goblins: Welsh Folk-lore, Fairy Mythology, Legends and Traditions by Wirt Sikes (1880)
"Sundry Lenten Customs—mothering Sunday—Palm Sunday—Flowering ... In Monmouthshire, mothering Sunday—the visiting of parents on Mid-Lent Sunday — was ..."

6. "Dame Curtsey's" Book of Novel Entertainments for Every Day in the Year by Ellye Howell Glover (1907)
"mothering Sunday WE get most of our special days from the English; and one of their very best customs is scarcely known in this country, especially to' ..."

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