couvade

play
noun cou·vade \kü-ˈväd\

Definition of couvade

  1. :  a custom in some cultures in which when a child is born the father takes to bed as if bearing the child and submits himself to fasting, purification, or taboos

Origin and Etymology of couvade

French, from Middle French, cowardly inactivity, from cover to sit on, brood over — more at covey


Medical Dictionary

couvade

play
noun cou·vade \kü-ˈväd\

Medical Definition of couvade

  1. 1:  a custom in some cultures in which when a child is born the father takes to bed as if bearing the child and submits himself to fasting, purification, or taboos

  2. 2:  couvade syndrome


Learn More about couvade


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up couvade? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

lacking social experience or grace

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!