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midwife

noun mid·wife \ ˈmid-ˌwīf \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of midwife

1 :a person who assists women in childbirth — compare nurse-midwife
2 :one that helps to produce or bring forth something

Examples of midwife in a Sentence

  1. a trained and certified midwife

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Origin and Etymology of midwife

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


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midwife

verb

Definition of midwife

midwifed play \-ˌwīft\ or midwived play \-ˌwīvd\; midwifing play \-ˌwī-fiŋ\ or midwiving play \-ˌwī-viŋ\
transitive verb
:to assist in producing, bringing forth, or bringing about

First Known Use of midwife

1638


MIDWIFE Defined for English Language Learners

midwife

noun

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

noun mid·wife \ ˈmid-ˌwīf \

Definition of midwife for Students

plural midwives
:a woman who helps other women during childbirth

Medical Dictionary

midwife

noun mid·wife \ ˈmid-ˌwīf \

medical Definition of midwife

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


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