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lying-in

Syllabification: ly·ing-in

Definition of lying-in in English:

noun

archaic
Seclusion before and after childbirth; confinement.
Example sentences
  • Women who aspired to social prominence extended the confinement period before birth and the lying-in period afterward to testify to their affluence and physical delicacy.
  • Nevertheless, on New Year's Day in 1844, after a difficult lying-in, Julia received calls and entertained the governors of Illinois and Massachusetts on turkey and venison.
  • He urged the use of chloroform to relieve the pain of childbirth and deplored the policy of refusing to admit unmarried women to lying-in hospitals.

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