the circumstance or situation of a woman giving birth to a child; parturition: to lie in childbed.

Nearby words

  1. child-directed speech,
  2. child-free,
  3. child-proof,
  4. child-resistant,
  5. childbearing,
  6. childbed fever,
  7. childbirth,
  8. childcare,
  9. childe,
  10. childe harold's pilgrimage

Origin of childbed

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200; see origin at child, bed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for childbed



  1. (often preceded by in)the condition of giving birth to a child
  2. (as modifier)childbed fever
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Word Origin and History for childbed



also child-bed, c.1200, "state of being in labor," from child + bed (n.). In reference to a bed, real or metaphorical, on which something is born, from 1590s.

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