[ uh-koosh-muh nt; French a-koosh-mahn ]
/ əˈkuʃ mənt; French a kuʃˈmɑ̃ /

noun, plural ac·couche·ments [uh-koosh-muh nts; French a-koosh-mahn] /əˈkuʃ mənts; French a kuʃˈmɑ̃/,

the confinement of childbirth; lying-in.

Nearby words

  1. accordion pleats,
  2. accordion-fold,
  3. accordionist,
  4. accost,
  5. accosted,
  6. accoucheur,
  7. accoucheur's hand,
  8. accoucheuse,
  9. account,
  10. account book

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accouchement


/ French (akuʃmɑ̃, English əˈkuːʃmənt) /


childbirth or the period of confinement

Word Origin for accouchement

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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