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[ ak-oo-shur; French a-koo-shœr ]
/ ˌæk uˈʃɜr; French a kuˈʃœr /

noun, plural ac·cou·cheurs [ak-oo-shurz; French a-koo-shœr] /ˌæk uˈʃɜrz; French a kuˈʃœr/.

a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician.

Nearby words

accordion-fold, accordionist, accost, accosted, accouchement, accoucheur, accoucheur's hand, accoucheuse, account, account book, account current

Origin of accoucheur

From French, dating back to 1750–60; see origin at accouchement, -eur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for accoucheur


/ French (akuʃœr) /


a male obstetrician or midwife

Word Origin for accoucheur

literally: one who is present at the bedside
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Word Origin and History for accoucheur



1759, "midwife" (properly, "male midwife"), from French accoucheur (Jules Clément, later 17c.), agent noun from accoucher "to go to childbed, be delivered" (13c.) originally simply "to lie down" (12c.), from Old French culcher "to lie," from Latin collocare, from com- "with" (see com-) + locare "to place" (see locate). The fem. is accoucheuse (1847).

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