condom

noun
con·dom | \ ˈkän-dəm , ˈkən- , dialectal -drəm \

Definition of condom 

1 : a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)

2 : a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

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Investigators also found the kind of Trojan Magnum gold condom wrappers the girl had described. Jared Gilmour, kansascity, "Chicago cop paid teen runaways for sex. Out-of-state condoms made it a federal crime, records say | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The same company released similar condoms to mark the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Kate Samuelson, Time, "20 of the Tastiest, Fanciest and Most Bizarre Royal Wedding Souvenirs," 14 May 2018 In the bedroom of a friend's house whose parents were rarely home, the boy had put on a condom, barely pushed inside me, shuddered, and then never spoke to me again. Amy Hatvany, Seventeen, "I Was Sexually Assaulted When I Was 14 and Blamed Myself for Years," 5 Apr. 2018 The show craftily skewers the system that lured its contestants into debt, intermixing questions about Beyoncé and condoms with earnest facts about the moral blight of for-profit colleges. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Photo: Stephanie Aaronson/The Wall Street Journal Companies have long grappled with how to address the embarrassment associated with buying certain products, whether condoms or drugs that treat conditions like flatulence and erectile dysfunction. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, "P&G’s Challenge: Selling a Product that Women Wish They Didn’t Need," 26 June 2018 By the early 19th century, American men were sporting condoms fashioned from animal intestines. Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Some silicone lubes corrode latex due to a high oil content, which can cause condoms to break. Gigi Engle, Teen Vogue, "Anal Sex: What You Need to Know," 16 May 2018 Sometimes condoms break or maybe there's an issue with how your IUD was implanted. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "3 Women Talk About What It's Really Like To Get An Abortion," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of condom

circa 1706, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for condom

origin unknown

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condom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of condom

: a thin rubber covering that a man wears on his penis during sex in order to prevent a woman from becoming pregnant or to prevent the spread of diseases

condom

noun
con·dom | \ ˈkän-dəm also ˈkən- \

Medical Definition of condom 

1 : a sheath commonly of rubber worn over the penis (as to prevent conception or venereal infection during coitus)

called also sheath

2 : a device that is designed to be inserted into the vagina before coitus and that resembles in form and function the condom used by males

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