from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A confinement during childbirth; a lying-in.

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  • n. Delivery in childbed; parturition

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Delivery in childbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Delivery in childbed; parturition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the parturition process in human beings; having a baby; the process of giving birth to a child


French, from accoucher, to assist in childbirth, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + coucher, to lay down; see couch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "Meanwhile the skill and patience of the physician had brought about a happy accouchement."
    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 22, 2007