Definition of accouchement in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈkuːʃmɒ̃/


[mass noun] archaic
The action of giving birth to a baby.
Example sentences
  • Ayurveda has very beautifully described the accouchement ward where the mother of the child is to be kept after delivery.
  • People in Anatolia resort to a number of practices, to protect against the mother or baby-snatcher, who is believed to live in stables, haylofts, mills, deserted ruins, wells, water sources and places where women in accouchement and newborn babies are left alone.


Late 18th century: French, from accoucher 'act as midwife', from a- (from Latin ad 'to, at') + coucher 'put to bed' (see couch1).

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