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midwife

Definition:

a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies

Class:

person noun (people)

Plural:

midwives

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

accoucheuse

Etymology:

Middle English midwyf from mid, with from Old English ( from Germanic mithi from...
(Source: New World Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Midwifery

a health care profession in which providers offer care to childbearing women during pregnancy, labour and birth, and during the postpartum period. They also help care for the newborn and assist the mother with breastfeeding. A practitioner of midwifery... (39 of 8322 words, pronunciations, 5 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Midwifery

Collins Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | howdie [synonym] | howdy [synonym]

a person qualified to deliver babies and to care for women before, during, and after childbirth (16 of 388 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/midwife

American Heritage Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifes [3rd-person singular present] | Lucina [archaic] | granny [regional, sense-specific] | ...

A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth. | One who assists in or takes a part in bringing about a result | To assist ... (28 of 266 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/midwife

Oxford Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifery [derived]

a nurse (typically a woman) who is trained to assist women in childbirth. | a person who helps to create or develop something | assist (a woman) ... (25 of 110 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/midwife

New World Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle] | accoucheuse

a person (now, especially, a specially trained nurse) whose work is helping women in childbirth | to assist as a midwife in the birth of (a child) | ... (26 of 86 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/midwife

Wiktionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwived [past tense] | midwifed [rare, past tense] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifing [rare, present participle] | midwifes [rare, 3rd-person singular present] | accoucheuses [rare, plural] | accoucheuse [synonym, sense-specific]

A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician. | [rare, figurative] Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project. | [transitive] To act as a midwife | [transitive, figurative] to ... (40 of 80 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/midwife

Random House Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | howdie [Scottish, northern England, slang] | howdy [Scottish, northern England, slang] | partera [Spanish] | parteras [Spanish, plural]

--"v"., "-wifed" or "-wived, -wifing" or "wiving". | a person trained to assist women in childbirth. | a person or thing that produces or aids in ... (24 of 67 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/midwife

Merriam-Webster:

midwife [entry 1, noun] | Lucina [archaic]

a person who assists women in childbirth | one that helps to produce or bring forth something (16 of 61 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/midwife

midwife [entry 2, verb] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle]

to assist in producing, bringing forth, or bringing about (9 of 25 words, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/midwife show=1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

midwife [countable] | midwives [plural]

a nurse whose job is to look after women when they are giving birth to a baby (17 of 42 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/midwife

Cambridge Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifery [noun, derived]

a person, usually a woman, who is trained to help women when they are giving birth (16 of 34 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/midwife

Encarta Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifes [3rd-person singular present]

somebody trained to help deliver babies and offer support and advice to pregnant women | somebody or something that assists in bringing something new ... (23 of 104 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629990​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

New World Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle]

Origin: Middle English midwyf from mid, with from Old English ( from Germanic mithi from Indo-European *meti- from base ... (18 of 35 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/midwife

Oxford Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural]

Origin: Middle English: probably from the obsolete preposition mid "with" + "wife" (in the archaic sense "woman"), expressing the sense "a woman who is ... (23 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/midwife

Online Etymology:

midwife

First use: about 1300

Origin: "woman assisting", literally "woman who is 'with' " (the mother at birth), from Middle English mid "with" + wif "woman". Cognate with German Beifrau.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=midwife

American Heritage Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English midwif: probably mid, with (from Old English; see me- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots) + wif, woman (from Old English wīf).

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/midwife

Collins Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural]

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old English mid with + wif woman

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/midwife

Wiktionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwived [past tense] | midwifed [rare, past tense] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifing [rare, present participle] | midwifes [rare, 3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English, corresponding to mid ("with") + wīf ("woman").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/midwife

Merriam-Webster:

midwife [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English midwif, from mid with (from Old English) + wif woman

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/midwife

Encarta Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwived [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwiving [present participle] | midwifes [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Probably from obsolete mid "with" + wife "woman"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629990​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "midwife"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/midwife

Macmillan American Dictionary:

midwife [countable, formal] | midwives [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "midwife"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/midwife

Macmillan British Dictionary:

midwife [countable] | midwives [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "midwife"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/midwife

Cambridge Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "midwife"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "midwife"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/midwife

the Free Dictionary:

midwife

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "midwife"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "midwife"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "midwife" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/midwife

Google Dictionary:

midwife | midwives [plural] | midwifed [past tense] | midwifing [present participle] | midwifes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "midwife"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=midwife

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

midwife

Audio: North American pronunciation of "midwife"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=midwif​01 word=midwife

YourDictionary Audio:

midwife

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "midwife" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/midwife

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