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foster mother

a woman who takes the place of a mother in raising a child.
a nurse.
Origin of foster mother
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It disappeared inside the very one where the cherished Partridge Wyandottes were cuddling under their foster-mother's wings.

  • Here was a false accusation of treason against her foster-mother's self. '

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • This was my brother William, then nine years old, and Margaret Spence was his foster-mother.

  • His foster-mother was frightened, and asked: “Where have you been all year long?”

  • She was sure that her foster-mother's spirit would change toward the Indians, but the change had not yet come.

  • The foster-mother offered now to adopt the child and bring it up as her own.

    Women's Wild Oats C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • He liked, and was impelled to trust them both, and was already learning to love his foster-mother.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
  • Is it my foster-mother who comes here so lightly, so gently, so softly?

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Tom used to go over to see his foster-mother now and then, but always when the old man was from home.

    Stolen Treasure Howard Pyle
  • In the middle of the night he rose and went to look for his foster-mother.

British Dictionary definitions for foster-mother

foster mother

a woman who looks after or brings up a child or children as a mother, in place of the natural or adoptive mother
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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