Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Delivery in childbed; parturition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Delivery in childbed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Delivery in childbed; parturition

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

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

Etymologies

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

[French, from accoucher, to assist in childbirth, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad–) + coucher, to lay down; see couch.]

Examples

  • C'est dur de la laisser seule, sans aide, si prêt de son accouchement mais je ne peux pas rester.

    Global Voices in English » Bahrain, Oman: The Lives Of Migrant Workers

  • The older method of accouchement forcée, the forcible dilation of the cervix in order to speed up labor, was now condemned.

    Pestilence and Headcolds: Encountering Illness in Colonial Mexico

  • To Humphrey Senhouse, Esq. You see I am flourishing as much in the newspapers as Joanna Southcote did before her expected accouchement; and I have not flourished in Chancery, because a Presbyterian parson has made oath that I gave the MSS. to him and to another person whom I never saw in my life.

    Historical Documentation Concerning the Radical Piracy of _Wat Tyler_

  • Lundberg described him as "the very top dog of the Philadelphia accouchement (the constitutional birthing process)."

    Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg's "Cracks in the Constitution"

  • Silvia lost her virginity before her accouchement; and that farina differs from oak leaves.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The entrance of a woman into a sacred place, less than forty days after her accouchement, or the entrance of a man who had touched an impure animal, constituted a pollution of the House of the Lord.

    Satyricon

  • It is probable that death was caused, on the seventeenth day, by the affection of the brain consequent upon her accouchement.

    Of The Epidemics

  • Lundberg described him as "the very top dog of the Philadelphia accouchement (the constitutional birthing process)."

    Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg's "Cracks in the Constitution"

  • One woman he inoculated about a week previous to her accouchement, that her infant might be the more fully and conveniently exposed to the pustule; but, as in the former instances, no infection was given, although the child frequently slept on the arm of its mother with its nostrils and mouth exposed to the pustule in the fullest state of maturity.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • One woman he inoculated about a week previous to her accouchement, that her infant might be the more fully and conveniently exposed to the pustule; but, as in the former instances, no infection was given, although the child frequently slept on the arm of its mother with its nostrils and mouth exposed to the pustule in the fullest state of maturity.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

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

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 22, 2007