Definition of 'mother-in-law'
Video: pronunciation of 'mother-in-law'
Example sentences containing 'mother-in-law'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
Was the mother-in-law joke a vessel into which male frustrations could be poured? Times, Sunday Times (2010)TODAY'S gags are mother-in-law jokes from the internet. The Sun (2008)Who else has a mother-in-law from hell? Times, Sunday Times (2016)Always a good idea to keep the future mother-in-law sweet. The Sun (2013)My wife and mother-in-law are so helpful. The Sun (2014)She had to stress how kind her husband and mother-in-law were. The Golden Thread - Asian experiences of post-Raj Britain (1990)An armed robber was caught in the act as he tried to hold up a shop where his former mother-in-law worked. Times, Sunday Times (2015)And my mother-in-law followed her husband. Times, Sunday Times (2015)HEARD the one about the mother-in-law card? The Sun (2006)At least he's moved on and escaped the clutches of the mother-in-law from hell. The Sun (2006)Perhaps your future mother-in-law thinks deep down you'd like to have family there. The Sun (2010)Perhaps it's something to do with a potential meeting with his future mother-in-law this weekend. The Sun (2014)The party included me and my wife, my mother-in-law and her friend. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Were it not so, how could the mother-in-law joke be the virtual human universal that it is? The Times Literary Supplement (2010)She was once very fat and is now very thin, but he recognises her as his former mother-in-law. Times, Sunday Times (2014)His speech at my second wedding was disastrous because he made a mother-in-law joke and the mother-in-law had only died a few weeks before. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Translations for 'mother-in-law'
British English: mother-in-law /ˈmʌðə ɪn lɔː/ NOUN
Someone's mother-in-law is the mother of their husband or wife.
- American English: mother-in-law
- Arabic: الْـحَمَاةُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: sogra
- Chinese: 婆母或岳母
- Croatian: svekrva
- Czech: tchýně
- Danish: svigermor
- Dutch: schoonmoeder
- European Spanish: suegra
- Finnish: anoppi
- French: belle-mère mère de l'époux/épouse
- German: Schwiegermutter
- Greek: πεθερά
- Italian: suocera
- Japanese: 義母
- Korean: 시어머니 husband’s mother
- Norwegian: svigermor
- Polish: teściowa
- European Portuguese: sogra
- Romanian: soacră
- Russian: свекровь the mother of one's husband
- Spanish: suegra
- Swedish: svärmor
- Thai: แม่สามี
- Turkish: kayınvalide
- Ukrainian: свекруха
- Vietnamese: mẹ chồng
Definition of mother-in-law from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Meme Ban, Heart Age & Collagin: September’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this September with Robert Groves.
Collins Reference Catalogue 2019
View our new 2019 reference catalogue. From dictionaries, phrasebooks, language learning, atlases and maps, general reference and puzzles, you'll be sure to find books that appeal to you.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.