[kuh n-fahyn-muh nt]
Origin of confinement
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- the act of confining or the state of being confined
- the period from the onset of labour to the birth of a child
- physics another name for containment (def. 3)
1590s, from French confinement (16c.; the Old French word was confinacion), from confiner (see confine). As a euphemism for "childbed" it dates from 1774 (the Middle English expression was Our Lady's bands).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.
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