[ chahyld-bair-ing ]
See synonyms for childbearing on
  1. the act of producing or bringing forth children.

  1. capable of, suitable for, or relating to the bearing of a child or of children: the childbearing years.

Origin of childbearing

A Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at child, bearing Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use childbearing in a sentence

  • What are the causes or favouring circumstances bringing about this abnormal child-bearing?

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • It may occur at any period of child-bearing life, but is much more frequent at the beginning and the end of this term.

    The Physical Life of Woman: | Dr. George H Napheys
  • Oh, Jack, fancy a woman who had never known what child-bearing meant attempting to describe it!

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson

British Dictionary definitions for child-bearing


    • the act or process of carrying and giving birth to a child

    • (as modifier): of child-bearing age

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