[ak-oo-shur; French a-koo-shœr]

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.

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

Examples from the Web for accoucheur

Historical Examples of accoucheur

  • The disadvantages of the method are entirely with the accoucheur and not to the mother or child.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • More than ever you have the air of a confessor and accoucheur of souls.

  • His fee as accoucheur on these occasions was, I believe, a considerable one.

  • The cord is attached to the body of the child at the point called the navel, being cut off at birth by the accoucheur.

  • With monstrous growths the accoucheur must depend upon his own resources, ingenuity and knowledge of the mechanism of parturition.

British Dictionary definitions for accoucheur



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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