Definitions for midwifeˈmɪdˌwaɪf; -ˌwaɪvz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mid•wifeˈmɪdˌwaɪf; -ˌwaɪvz(n.; v.)(pl.)-wives; -wifed; -wived, -wif•ing; wiv•ing.

  1. (n.)a person who assists women in childbirth.

    Category: Medicine

  2. a person or thing that assists in producing something new.

  3. (v.t.)to assist in the birth of (a baby).

    Category: Medicine

  4. to assist in producing or bringing about (something new).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of midwife:

1250–1300; ME midwif=mid with, accompanying (OE; cf. meta -) +wif woman (see wife )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. midwife, accoucheuse(noun)

    a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. midwife(noun)ˈmɪdˌwaɪf

    a nurse who helps women to have babies


  1. midwife(Noun)

    A person, usually a woman, who is trained to assist women in childbirth, but who is not a physician.

    A hundred years ago, a midwife would bring the baby into the world - going to a hospital to deliver a baby was either impossible or unheard of.

  2. midwife(Noun)

    Someone who assists in bringing about some result or project.

  3. midwife(Verb)

    To act as a midwife

  4. midwife(Verb)

    to facilitate the emergence of

    But the bigger objective was to help Iraqis midwife a democratic model that could inspire reform across the Arab-Muslim world and give the youth there a chance at a better future.

  5. Origin: corresponding to mid + wife.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Midwife(noun)

    a woman who assists other women in childbirth; a female practitioner of the obstetric art

  2. Midwife(verb)

    to assist in childbirth

  3. Midwife(verb)

    to perform the office of midwife

Translations for midwife

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person (usually a trained nurse) who helps at the birth of children.

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