: the time or act of giving birth

Examples of accouchement in a Sentence

for her second accouchement, she was attended by a more sympathetic doctor

Word History


borrowed from French, going back to Old French acochement, from acocher, acouchier "to go to bed, take to bed in order to give birth, give birth" (from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs—going back to Latin ad- ad-— + culcer, couchier "to lay out, put to bed") + -ment -ment — more at couch entry 1

First Known Use

1730, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of accouchement was in 1730

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Cite this Entry

“Accouchement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


ac·​couche·​ment ˌa-ˌküsh-ˈmäⁿ How to pronounce accouchement (audio) ə-ˈküsh-ˌ How to pronounce accouchement (audio)
: the time or act of giving birth

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