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midwife

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noun mid·wife \ˈmid-ˌwīf\

Definition of midwife

  1. 1 :  a person who assists women in childbirth — compare nurse-midwife

  2. 2 :  one that helps to produce or bring forth something

Examples of midwife in a sentence

  1. a trained and certified midwife

Origin and Etymology of midwife

Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman


First Known Use: 14th century


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midwife

verb mid·wife

Definition of midwife

midwifed

play \-ˌwīft\ or

midwived

play \-ˌwīvd\;

midwifing

play \-ˌwī-fiŋ\ or

midwiving

play \-ˌwī-viŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to assist in producing, bringing forth, or bringing about

1638

First Known Use of midwife

1638


MIDWIFE Defined for English Language Learners

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midwife

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noun mid·wife \ˈmid-ˌwīf\

Definition of midwife for English Language Learners

  • : a person (usually a woman) who helps a woman when she is giving birth to a child


MIDWIFE Defined for Kids

midwife

play
noun mid·wife \ˈmid-ˌwīf\

Definition of midwife for Students

plural

midwives

  1. :  a woman who helps other women during childbirth


Medical Dictionary

midwife

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noun mid·wife \ˈmid-ˌwīf\

Medical Definition of midwife

  1. :  a person who assists women in childbirth—see nurse-midwife



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