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midwife (n.)

"a woman who assists women in childbirth," c. 1300, literally "woman who is 'with' " (the mother at birth), from Middle English mid "with" (see mid (prep.)) + wif "woman" (see wife). Cognate with German Beifrau.

updated on January 14, 2019

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Definitions of midwife from WordNet

midwife (n.)
a woman skilled in aiding the delivery of babies;
Synonyms: accoucheuse
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.