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[uh-koosh-muh nt; French a-koosh-mahn] /əˈkuʃ mənt; French a kuʃˈmɑ̃/
noun, plural accouchements
[uh-koosh-muh nts; French a-koosh-mahn] /əˈkuʃ mənts; French a kuʃˈmɑ̃/ (Show IPA)
the confinement of childbirth; lying-in.
Origin of accouchement
1800-10; < French, derivative, with -ment -ment, of accoucher to give birth, be delivered, assist in giving birth, Old French: to lie down, take to bed, equivalent to ac- ac- + coucher to put to bed; see couch Unabridged
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/akuʃmɑ̃; English əˈkuːʃmənt/
childbirth or the period of confinement
Word Origin
C19: from accoucher to put to bed, to give birth. See couch
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Word Origin and History for accouchement

1803, from French accouchement, noun of action from accoucher (see accoucheur).

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