Meaning of accouchement in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkuːʃmɒ̃/


mass nounarchaic
  • The action of giving birth to a baby.

    ‘Ayurveda has very beautifully described the accouchement ward where the mother of the child is to be kept after delivery.’
    • ‘People in Anatolia resort to a number of practices, to protect against the mother or baby-snatcher, who is believed to live in stables, haylofts, mills, deserted ruins, wells, water sources and places where women in accouchement and newborn babies are left alone.’
    childbirth, birth, birthing, delivery, nativity


Late 18th century French, from accoucher ‘act as midwife’, from a- (from Latin ad ‘to, at’) + coucher ‘put to bed’ (see couch).