Definition of motherless in US English:

motherless

adjective

  • Having no mother because she is dead or absent from the home.

    ‘a motherless daughter, disowned by her father’
    • ‘Growing up motherless, Mary also lost her sister to suicide.’
    • ‘The motherless family's pain is palpable and the sense of hopelessness can almost be smelt.’
    • ‘Motherless, she was sent off early by her father to be a lady-in-waiting and was expected to make an advantageous marriage.’
    • ‘She was educated largely at home, where, as the youngest of the motherless family, she may have fallen under the Wesleyan influence of her aunt.’
    • ‘Mrs. Lorne treats Johnny kindly because she knows he is motherless.’
    • ‘I stayed in bed for two weeks, taking painkillers and sleeping pills; trying to silence the nightmares of crying, motherless babies.’
    • ‘Countless readers have bonded with the character of Janie Crawford, a motherless girl raised by her grandmother.’
    • ‘Many friends knew the tale of her remarkable childhood spent on the cattle stations, with her father and his motherless brood of five young children.’
    • ‘In 1992, 90,000 American women between the ages of 25 and 54 died and 125,000 kids under 18 were left motherless.’
    • ‘The last two months have seen the release of three family films featuring single dads raising motherless only-children.’

Pronunciation

motherless

/ˈməT͟Hərləs/