< /ˌæk uˈʃɜrz; French a kuˈʃœr/.
- a person who assists during childbirth, especially an obstetrician.
- a male obstetrician or midwife
1759, “midwife” (properly, “male midwife”), from French accoucheur (Jules Clément, later 17c.), agent noun from accoucher “to go to childbed, be delivered” (13c.) originally simply “to lie down” (12c.), from Old French culcher “to lie,” from Latin collocare, from com- “with” (see com-) + locare “to place” (see locate). The fem. is accoucheuse (1847).