Definition of Mothering Sunday in English:

Mothering Sunday


  • The fourth Sunday in Lent, traditionally a day for visiting or giving a present to one's mother.

    Compare with Mother's Day
    • ‘The original idea of Mothering Sunday on the fourth Sunday of Lent is quite charming.’
    • ‘With Mothering Sunday now less than a week away, local shopkeepers are preparing various displays and an attractive selection of goods to tempt members of the family to show their appreciation.’
    • ‘On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers.’
    • ‘Tomorrow is the feast day of St Piran, the patron saint of Cornwall, and Sunday is Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘For Mothering Sunday I went back to the small town in which I grew up.’
    • ‘Unlike Mothering Sunday, Father's Day (which is next Sunday) has no roots in Britain's history.’
    • ‘But, come Mothering Sunday, most mums will be pleased with a card in the post and a phone call, a lunch out with the family or a bunch of well-chosen flowers from the children.’
    • ‘A woman has vanished after leaving her family on Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘According to my research, Mothering Sunday was a tradition that began in England in the 1600s to celebrate mothers.’
    • ‘Today, Mothering Sunday, is definitely that kind of special day.’
    • ‘There's no doubt that Mothering Sunday is a massive commercial success.’
    • ‘The first new restaurant in Devizes for some years is due to open its doors later this month, in time for Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘‘Christmas was awful for all of us and we are absolutely dreading Mothering Sunday,’ she said.’
    • ‘Mrs MacBride said there were as many as 26 pedlars operating in the High Street before Christmas and up to ten on a busy Saturday before special occasions, such as Mothering Sunday and Easter.’
    • ‘The British Mothering Sunday, an Anglican tradition, was a private activity, observed on the fourth Sunday in Lent, and associated with domestic servants and poor families gathering on a particular day.’
    • ‘During the 1600s Mothering Sunday became popular in Britain, for the most practical of reasons.’
    • ‘It was later revealed the woman had been taken out for the evening by her daughter to celebrate Mothering Sunday.’
    • ‘Money raised by the auction, on Mothering Sunday, will go directly to helping children in eastern Europe and Africa.’
    • ‘On Mothering Sunday, the servants were given the day off and encouraged to go spend the day with their mothers.’
    • ‘A week before her disappearance she had sent her mother a Mothering Sunday card, vowing to change her life.’


Mothering Sunday

/ˈmʌðərɪŋ ˌsʌndeɪ/